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The Crown series wanted scenes of bottles thrown at Queen, court told

London: The producers of The Crown tried to invent scenes of a rioting crowd pelting the Queen with bottles during her Silver Jubilee procession, John Lydon has claimed.

The former Sex Pistols frontman, known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, said he refused to allow God Save the Queen to be included in the Netflix drama because of how it was to be used.

“It was a very perverse interpretation of the history of the Jubilee,” Lydon told the High Court, where he gave evidence as part of a dispute with his former bandmates.

Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the Netflix series “The Crown”.

Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the Netflix series “The Crown”.Credit:Netflix

It is the latest claim of falsehood to hit the show, which has been accused of a series of inventions that portray the royal family in an unflattering light.

On June 7, 1977, the day of the Jubilee procession, the Sex Pistols performed God Save the Queen on a boat down the Thames. Lydon said he was open to the idea of the song being used on The Crown soundtrack. But in his witness statement, he said: “Then it turned into the producers wanting to use actors for a re-enactment of the famous boat trip.

“The producers of The Crown wanted to distort the history of the day and depict me as a political protester and to show scenes of protest in front of the Queen in the middle of her Jubilee celebrations. Events that did not happen.

The Sex Pistols on stage.

The Sex Pistols on stage. Credit:FilmFour

“The story that they presented was with the Queen in despair in her carriage, and all those ugly scenes on the streets of crowds fighting and chucking bottles, while others were celebrating the Queen. Nobody was rioting, and here is my real, serious problem with it. This never happened. This is a lie about history. The only people making any demonstration at all about the royal family that day were the Sex Pistols on a boat trip down the Thames – lovely songs of protest in front of the Houses of Parliament, and that’s it.

Jubilee smiles: A memorable moment for young children as the Queen walks through the city of London from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Guildhall in 1977.

Jubilee smiles: A memorable moment for young children as the Queen walks through the city of London from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Guildhall in 1977.Credit:File

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