Sir Elton John has won a libel suit against a British newspaper for a story it published in 2005. The story, entitled "Rock royals get too grand," focused on John's AIDS Foundation Summer Ball. John was upset because the newspaper had described him as acting "in a self-important, arrogant and rude manner." Additionally, the story said John had issued a "bizarre and absurd edict to guests at his annual charity fundraising White Tie and Tiara summer ball not to address him unless spoken to".
The suit was filed, in large part, to the possible damage to John's fundraising efforts. The story apparently caused the singer to feel embarassment and distress.
John will be donating the damages to his AIDS foundation.