Elton John & David Furnish Win Libel Judgment Over Newspaper Report

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Elton John and David Furnish arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Singer Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish have accepted an apology and undisclosed libel damages over a newspaper report that their dog severely injured a child while on a play date.

The pair brought the case against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and Sun on Sunday, over a story in February that claimed the dog inflicted “Freddy Krueger-like injuries” — a reference to the violent character in the Nightmare on Elm Street.

The couple were not at London’s High Court on Friday but their lawyer, Jenny Afia, says the allegation was false and that NGN agreed to apologize and to pay “significant damages as well as to reimburse their legal costs.”

NGN’s solicitor, Jeffrey Smele, says, the company “is pleased that the matter has been amicably resolved.”