Elton John is sued after he allegedly forced himself on a former security guard and grabbing the man’s genital on multiple occasions. Capt. Jeffrey Wenninger says there were three alleged incidents that went down in 2014.
In the suit, Wenninger says he and John were in a car together when the singer put his hands in Menninger’s pants, according to Associated Press. He says the musician attempted to grab his genitals and put his fingers between the employee’s butt cheeks.
The legendary artist allegedly then told him to “Get your todger out” and “say hello to Uncle Elton.” The former employee says he attempted to verbally and physically resist, but it never deterred the singer.
Elton John is being sued by Jeffrey Wenninger, a decorated Los Angeles police captain with the LAPD, for sexual harassment. The LAPD police officer says another time, also in a car, the singer twisted his nipples and said … “You gorgeous thing, you.”
The lawsuit alleges several other incidents during his employment. The off-duty officer says he stopped working with the musician in September 2014.
Orin Snyder, an attorney for John’s Rocket Entertainment Group, denied the allegations.
“This baseless lawsuit is brought by a disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment,” Snyder said in a statement. “These claims are patently untrue and contradicted by numerous previous statements made by this plaintiff.”
The former worker is also suing the company where he was employed off-duty, alleging he was improperly removed from working with the musician in September 2014. That lawsuit states he found out about the change after he requested to work with the singer.
“The unwelcome touching of plaintiff by (John) occurred on many other occasions over the span of several years since plaintiff began his employment in 2002, escalating in frequency and intensity after 2010,” the lawsuit states. “At no time did plaintiff consent to defendant Elton John touching him in this offensive manner, or in any other manner.”
The lawsuit against his employer alleges he was effectively fired from John’s off-duty security detail because he had reported a fellow officer for overtime theft. That officer also works for firms J Bondi, Inc. and Hamitsu, which have denied Wenninger’s claims of unfair retaliation.
Prior to Elton John being sued, Wenninger received the LAPD’s Medal of Valor for being part of a group of officers who helped evacuate 80 senior citizens from a burning retirement home in 1996. The off-duty officer’s attorney Marla A. Brown refused to address why her client would be seeking work after the alleged incidents occurred.