Sir Elton John made a shocking appearance at Kevin Spacey’s trial yesterday and joked about the Queen, saying he wouldn’t notice if she was waiting outside a show.
The singer gave his name as ‘Elton Hercules John’, not his birth name Reginald Dwight, when asked to identify himself as a defense witness.
Jurors gasped as images of the 76-year-old man were transmitted to screens via video link from an office in Monaco.
He was called in to answer questions about one of Spacey’s alleged victims, who claims he was mugged on his way to a Sir Elton ball.
Over the next 20 minutes, the superstar was grilled about his white tie and tiara charity events, theater appearances and his chauffeur-driven lifestyle in front of an extraordinary audience.
Sir Elton John made a shocking appearance at Kevin Spacey’s trial yesterday and joked about the Queen. Sir Elton is pictured on July 14.
Jurors gasped as images of the 76-year-old were transmitted to screens via video link from an office in Monaco (pictured in court portrait)
Spacey is accused of grabbing his crotch while driving towards Sir Elton’s ball, which nearly caused the alleged victim to run off the road. He is pictured arriving at court on Monday.
But as far as the case was concerned, Sir Elton had no recollection of ever meeting the alleged victim. In an inauspicious start, the judge greeted him by asking: ‘Sir Elton, can you see and hear us?’ to which the star snapped back, “Not really.”
After some volume adjustments, the singer was asked about a photo of him leaving the Victoria Palace Theater in London, after a performance of the Billy Elliot musical.
But he did not recall meeting the alleged victim at any event, telling jurors that he did not pay attention to the crowd as he left after a show.
“When I leave the theater it’s always crazy to get in the car,” said Sir Elton, pictured. ‘Anyone on my periphery, I wouldn’t notice them. She could be the queen and I wouldn’t notice her. He wrote the music for the show which opened to critical acclaim in the West End in 2005.
Later, he was asked if he remembered Spacey, 63, appearing at his White Tie and Tiara Ball in 2001.
Sir Elton replied: ‘He came in a white tie. He was on a private jet and went straight to the dance.
Asked if the actor flew directly there, Sir Elton wryly replied: “I suppose so, I don’t think he’s wearing a white tie on a commercial flight.”
Laughing at the response, the defendant rocked back and forth in his chair in the dock at Southwark Crown Court, London.
Sir Elton said at Spacey’s trial that he could not remember ever meeting one of the actor’s alleged victims, quipping: “Anyone on my periphery, they wouldn’t notice.” It could be the Queen and I wouldn’t notice her’ (Pictured is the late Queen Elizabeth II)
Spacey seemed to laugh at Sir Elton’s response. The actor appears in a court sketch Monday.
At times, the singer would struggle to hear over the video link, muttering, ‘Excuse me? What?’, asking an assistant next to him to repeat the questions.
He remembered Spacey buying a red Mini at a charity auction during the ball, but Sir Elton didn’t know what happened to the car.
The star went on to say that he preferred to be driven by a chauffeur, but he does occasionally sit up front with his driver. “Usually I choose the CDs, and whoever drives puts them on,” added Sir Elton.
Her husband, David Furnish, also testified and did remember the alleged victim, whom he described as “an affable, charming, easy-going person” who was remarkably handsome.
Spacey is accused of grabbing his crotch while driving towards Sir Elton’s ball, which nearly caused the alleged victim to run off the road. The date of the event is in dispute.
The court also heard that Spacey spent the night at the singer’s home after the dance.
The actor wept during the hearing as his attorney Patrick Gibbs KC read statements of support from friends, family and fellow actors.
He denies four counts of indecent assault, seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in nonconsensual sexual activity and one count of causing a person to engage in nonconsensual penetrative sexual activity between 2001 and 2013.
The trial continues.