Elton John is a living legend in many ways and has entertained millions with his music for decades. He also has been very committed to certain charities and causes and is well known for his efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, his name is also being associated with something less savory.
Former Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant and Medal of Valor recipient, Jeffrey Wenninger, worked as an off-duty security guard for John for many years. Their long-standing professional relationship seems to have soured and law enforcement officer has taken action against the singer.
In a recently filed lawsuit, Wenninger alleges that John inappropriately touched him on multiple occasions from 2002-2014. He also claims that the artist made sexually suggestive comments and that things got much worse in terms of “frequency and intensity after 2010.”
An attorney for Elton John’s Rocket Entertainment group responded by saying: “This baseless lawsuit is brought by a disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment. These claims are patently untrue and contradicted by numerous previous statements made by this plaintiff. We will not give into his latest abuse of the legal system.”
The suit includes detailed accounts of three specific incidents in 2014 that allegedly took place in John’s chauffeured vehicle as he traveled to and from his home in the months of March and April.
According to Wenninger, John touched his buttocks and genitals and tried to put his hands in his pants. On another occasion, John supposedly put his hands in the officer’s shirt and twisted his nipples.
In addition to the physical contact, Wenninger claims that John said things like “get your todger out,” “say hello to Uncle Elton, “ you gorgeous thing, you,” and “you have so many gay genes in you, they just haven’t met up yet.”
The former security guard says that he resisted the verbal and physical attention but it continued. For his alleged suffering, he is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary compensation to cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Medal of Valor
In 2007, while a Sergeant, Wenninger was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor for helping to rescue dozens of senior citizens from a burning building back in 1996. He and his partner, who arrived on the scene first, entered the building on multiple occasions. It is unclear whether he is currently employed by the police department.
It is still very early in the process so no one really knows how this is going to go. So far, Elton John has denied the allegations through his lawyer which is to be expected. We will have to let the judicial system do its job and wait for the outcome.