Former Silverchair singer Daniel Johns is suing Murdoch’s Sydney rag The Sunday Telegraph for defamation after the tabloid trash published an article labelling Jones ‘King of the Kastle’ alleging he frequented a Sydney brothel.
The weirdest thing about the story is why it was even relevant in the 21st century. Morality and decency over Invasion of Privacy seems to not matter to Murdoch press.
In a statement Daniel Johns has announced that he has started legal proceedings against the tabloid.
Today, I commenced defamation proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria against The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, its editor and a journalist.
On 11 August 2019, a photograph of me was splashed across the front page under the headline “King of the Kastle”. According to the newspaper, it was a photograph of me leaving a brothel called The Kastle, which the article described as specialising in bondage, S&M, “brown showers” and “adult babies”. The article stated that I am there so frequently that it has become my second home, spending up to 18 hours a day there for the previous two weeks. Additionally, it was stated that staff and patrons were “fed up” with me, and I was full of venom and anger.
The article was simply untrue.
No contact was made with me or my representatives to check the facts before the article was published.
I have asked the newspaper for an apology and retraction. Neither has been provided.
I have now issued legal proceedings in order to publicly correct the facts and vindicate my reputation.
This false reporting has been very hurtful, humiliating, and damaging to me and my family. It is disappointing that the newspaper has not acknowledged this and apologised despite assertions from both myself, and a representative of the Kastle, that I simply was not, and have never been, there. In fact, I never even knew of its existence.