Judge rejects Elton John libel bid over Guardian satire

A high court judge has struck out Sir Elton John’s libel claim against the Guardian, according to the paper.

The singer was seeking damages and an apology after he was the subject of the satirical ‘Peek in the Diary’ column in the Weekend section of the Guardian.

He claimed writer Marina Hyde had used a ‘gratuitously offensive, nasty and snide tone’in the piece, published in July 2008.

In his judgement, Mr Justice Tugendhat agreed with the Guardian that the words ‘were obviously a form of teasing.”

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