A former security guard for Elton John claims he's the one who needed protection—from the singer's unwanted sexual advances, harassment and battery.
Jeffrey Wenninger, who was employed by Sir Elton for more than a decade, filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles seeking unspecified damages. He says the "frequency and intensity" of the inappropriate behavior escalated after 2010 until he left the job in 2014.
Wenninger specified three instances of groping and said he was subjected to remarks like "Say hello to Uncle Elton" and "You have so many gay genes in you, they just haven't met up yet."
John's attorney dismissed the charges as "patently untrue." "This baseless lawsuit," he said in a statement, "is brought by a disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment."