A picture by American photographer Nan Goldin and owned by Elton John isn’t an indecent image, British prosecutors said Friday.
The BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, northeastern England, alerted police Sept. 20 amid child pornography concerns. The photo shows two girls dancing; one of them is naked.
The gallery then closed “Thanksgiving,” an exhibition of 149 pictures by Goldin, at John’s request. The 60-year-old pop star purchased the collection in 1999.
There wasn’t enough evidence to justify charges of possession or distribution of an indecent photograph, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.
John has said the picture, “Klara and Edda Belly Dancing,” had been exhibited across Europe and the United States without any objections of which he was aware.