Sir Elton John has appeared as a defence witness in Kevin Spacey’s sex assault trial.
The singer’s husband David Furnish was also called to give evidence as the pair appeared separately via videolink from Monaco on Monday.
Sir Elton, who gave his name as “Elton Hercules John”, was asked about Spacey’s attendance at a charity ball he hosted in the 2000s, The Sun reports.
One alleged victim claims the Oscar-winning actor grabbed his privates as they made their way to Windsor for the $1.9 million White Tie and Tiara Ball.
Sir Elton told Southwark Crown Court he recalled Spacey’s arrival at the event in 2001 because “he arrived in a white tie”.
The Rocket Man singer said he “came on a private jet and he came straight to the ball”.
When asked whether he came directly from the plane, smiling Sir Elton added: “I assume so, yes. I don’t think he was wearing white tie on a commercial flight.”
Prosecutor Christine Agnew replied: “One never knows, I suppose.”
Sir Elton said Spacey stayed overnight after the bash but “can’t remember him coming down after that”.
He was also asked about a photo of the alleged victim holding an umbrella outside a London theatre as he left on another occasion.
The star said he did not recognise the man and would not have noticed him at the time as it was “always a mad rush” to get to his car when he left a venue with photographers outside.
He added: “They could be the Queen and I don’t notice.”
Spacey later wept as character references were read out on his behalf by fellow celebs.
Dead Poets Society actor Robert Sean Leonard told how the star helps elderly actors in a US care home.
He added: “He doesn’t advertise this passion. He wouldn’t. He just does it.”
While Chris Lemmon, son of the late Some Like It Hot star Jack Lemmon, said: “I have attended many parties with Kevin. I have never witnessed any untoward behaviour in my 30 years with him.”
“Sexual bully” Spacey is accused of attacking four men in charges dating back as far as 22 years.
Jurors heard how he was “turned on” by his alleged victims getting angry at him and believed they would not come forward due to his fame.
He “abused the power and influence that his reputation and fame afforded him” to target the four men, the court was told.
Spacey also took advantage of his “popularity and prominence, his illustriousness and influence” to take “what and who he wanted when he wanted”, it is said.
Jurors heard the four alleged victims were aged in their 20s or 30s when they “attracted the attention” of the star.
Despite not wanting to be “touched”, Spacey didn’t “care very much for their feelings” and “aggressively” groped them anyway, it was said.
Spacey pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault, three counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, in January.
The star also denies four charges of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
Spacey was stripped of an International Emmy Award in the wake of the claims.
His central character in acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards was also killed off after he was axed from the show.
The trial continues.
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