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Elton sues over report on “spree”
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Tuesday 17
March 1998 @ 1:00

South China Morning Post



Pop superstar Sir Elton John is taking legal action against a trainee solicitor he claims hacked into his computer and obtained details of his credit card and bank spending which were then published in the press.


Sir Elton’s management company John Reid Entertainment is suing Benjamin Pell , 34, the Mirror newspaper and Max Clifford, a top public relations consultant who allegedly brokered a deal between Pell and the newspaper, reports said.


On January 26, the Mirror reported how the star spent GBP527,000 (HK$6.77 million) in a one-day shopping spree which sparked a cash-flow crisis in his business empire.


The singer won a High Court injunction against all three parties preventing them from revealing information about his spending. Pell, from north London, reportedly defied the court by hoarding material in a safe.


He said he had masses of private documents relating to the pop star and other celebrities. “I have hidden all the documents,” he was quoted as saying.


Sir Elton’s lawyers are reportedly seeking damages of tens of thousands of pounds.