U.S. comedian Arsenio Hall is suing singer Sinead O’Connor for defamation over comments she posted on Facebook accusing Hall of supplying Prince with drugs “over the decades” and of spiking her with drugs.
Hall filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles on May 5 and is seeking damages of “not less than” $5 million.
“Desperate, attention seeker Sinead O’Connor has maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies about comedian Arsenio Hall, falsely accusing him of supplying illegal ‘hard drugs’ ‘over the decades’ to the recently deceased music artist, Prince, and of spiking her with drugs once years ago,” the lawsuit says.
“Cloud cuckoo land”
O’Connor, who is no stranger to controversy, first accused Hall of supplying Prince with drugs in a May 2 comment she published on Facebook.
“Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades … Arsenio Hall. Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land,” O’Connor wrote in a post that has since been deleted.
“Arsenio I’ve reported you to the Carver County Sheriff’s office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy’s house. You best get tidying your man cave.”
Hall has denied the “heinous accusations” in the lawsuit, calling O’Connor’s statement “despicable, fabricated lies.”
The lawsuit says Hall has also had only “minimal” contact with the singer, and “last had contact with her approximately 25 years ago.”
“Hall will not stand idly by while O’Connor attempts to get attention for herself by recklessly spreading malicious, vile lies that he engaged in egregious criminal conduct which falsely links Hall to Prince’s death,” the lawsuit adds.
O’Connor, who had a huge hit with her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has not publicly commented on the case.
Multiple attempts to contact O’Conner’s representatives for comment went unanswered.
As more details emerge about the possible role opioid drugs may have had in Prince’s as yet unexplained death, state and federal officials are continuing their investigations.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on May 4 that they’re joining forces with local investigators led by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the music icon’s death and will provide “federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion.”
A spokesperson for Carver County Sheriff’s Department contacted about Hall’s lawsuit said while they were aware of O’Connor’s post they were not able to comment on “sources of information or specifics about information obtained during this investigation.”