Comedian and talk show host Arsenio Hall has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Sinead O’Connor over comments the Irish singer made on Facebook.
O’Connor, who scored her biggest hit in 1990 with a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” took to Facebook after Prince’s death on April 21 and posted a rant implicating Hall in Prince’s drug use. CNN quotes her post saying: “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 also reportedly wrote in the Facebook post: “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.”
The Facebook post has since been deleted.
E! News reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration are joining the investigation into Prince’s death. An attorney for Hall, meanwhile, filed a libel lawsuit Thursday against O’Connor in Los Angeles.
Media reports quote the court filing stating: “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 suit also states: “The malicious statements made by O’Connor are absolutely false and O’Connor’s heinous accusations that Hall engaged in this criminal conduct are despicable, fabricated lies.”
CNN adds: “The lawsuit says Hall has also had only ‘minimal’ contact with the singer, and ‘last had contact with her approximately 25 years ago.'”