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 said he refused to allow God Save the Queen to be used in the Netflix drama after learning 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.
It is the latest accusation 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 staged a publicity stunt to perform 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’s soundtrack.
But in his witness statement to court, he said: “Then it turned into the producers wanting to use actors for a re-enactment of [the] famous boat trip.