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Elton John denies he will play at Trump inauguration

By Reuters
Elton John denies he will play at Trump inauguration
British singer Elton John performs on stage during a concert at Les Deferlantes Festival in Argeles-sur-Mer, southern France, on July 8, 2016. (RAYMOND ROIG / AFP)

Britain's Sir Elton John will not perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington as US president, the singer-songwriter's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Anthony Scaramucci, an economic adviser to Trump's campaign, said John would be performing in a BBC radio interview during which Scaramucci also said the Republican president-elect had a pro-gay rights stance.

"Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for the inauguration," Scaramucci added in the interview for "HARDtalk," broadcast on Wednesday.

"Elton will not be performing at Trump's inaugural," the singer's publicist, Fran Curtis, responded.

Elton John denies he will play at Trump inauguration
Sir Elton John (left) and David Furnish attend the 15th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on Nov 2, 2016 in New York City. (ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

John, a prominent gay rights activist, performed at fundraisers for Democrat Hillary Clinton during the US presidential election campaign.

He also objected when Trump played his "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer" songs without permission during rallies and campaign appearances earlier this year, saying that any use of his music "should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump."

A spokesman for the Trump inauguration committee did not respond to a request for comment on Scaramucci's claim.

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