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Elton John goes to London Court of Appeal

Thursday 13 June 2002 @ 2:23 - GMT

Eton John is in court today (Wednesday) appealing against a High Court defeat last year in a £14million claim over touring costs.

After losing Elton was landed with a legal bill estimated at £8million. The singer had sued Andrew Haydon, his former management company and City accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, who looked after his business interests.

His appeal is only against PricewaterhouseCoopers, who he claims were negligent in managing his affairs, a claim they contest.

Last year's court case, during which the flamboyant star gave evidence, saw Elton disclose that he had spent £40 million over a 20-month period on property and personal items including £293,000 on flowers.

After the judge dismissed Elton's original case last year he described him, somewhat euphemistically, as 'clearly a man of an uncommonly generous disposition' and as a man of great intelligence, but who had 'little or no interest in business matters'.

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