"The article was simply untrue."
Daniel Johns has confirmed he is suing The Sunday Telegraph newspaper for defamation following a story regarding the Aussie singer's alleged visit to a Sydney brothel
The article, published last month, featured images of the Silverchair frontman allegedly leaving Chippendale BDSM brotel The Kastle, which Johns denied in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon.
"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," Johns' statement reads.
"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."
Read the full statement below.
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At the time of the article's publication, The Kastle tweeted that Johns "was not on the premises nor has been previously".
In response to today’s Daily Telegraph article, we state that Daniel Johns was not on the premises nor has been previously. We’re unsure of the source of this false information. In our 30 year history, we’ve never revealed the identity of clients and take privacy very seriously.— Mistress Scarlett (@TheKastleSydney) August 11, 2019