Legendary singer, Elton John is being sued by a former security guard for alleged groping and sexual harassment.
In a new lawsuit, former bodyguard Jeffrey Wenninger claims John attempted to touch his genitals on numerous occasions. He says three incidents allegedly occurred in 2014. In once instance, Wenninger alleges the singer put his hands in his pants and tried to touch his genitals while they were in a car together.
According to the suit, John told Wenninger to “get your todger out,” which is British slang for penis, and then told him to “say hello to Uncle Elton.” Wenninger also claims that on one occasion, the singer allegedly twisted his nipples and said to him, “You gorgeous thing, you have so many gay genes in you, they just haven’t met up yet.”
Wenninger claims he repeatedly attempted to physically and verbally resist the singer’s alleged advances, but that John always persisted.
Wenninger further alleges there were several other incidents of harassment from the singer while he was employed by John. He stopped working for the Grammy winner in 2014, and is now is suing for sexual harassment and battery.
Court papers state that Mr Wenninger is seeking damages for “being placed in fear for his physical well-being’, adding that he ‘suffered and continues to suffer extreme pain and mental anguish to his mind and body”.
The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ. Elton John, who is openly gay, is married to longtime partner David Furnish, with whom he has two sons.
Elton John has yet to respond to the accusations.