If there’s one celebrity you can bet the farm on never, ever backing down from a public feud, it’s Sinéad O’Connor, who had an interesting response to Arsenio Hall filing a $5 million lawsuit against her for defamation. If you haven’t heard, O’Connor recently posted a very long Facebook message in which she called out the actor and television host for reportedly supplying Prince with drugs and even lacing a joint he gave her several years ago at Eddie Murphy’s house. Kind of a major deal, considering how the DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are now investigating possible wrongdoing involving prescription drugs that may have contributed to Prince’s death on April 21 at the age of 57.
Hall immediately denied the accusation and followed up by taking legal action. Court documents called out the Irish singer as a “desperate attention-seeker” who has “maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies against Arsenio Hall” and made it clear there is zero truth to her claims.
But a $5 million lawsuit apparently doesn’t shake O’Connor, who took to Facebook to again make her feelings known:
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In the lawsuit, Hall claims he has had minimal contact with O’Connor, with their most recent meet-up having occurred 25 years ago. He says her “lies” are causing him to be “shunned or avoided” and could cost him employment opportunities.
Aside from her anti-drug stance, it isn’t clear why O’Connor feels so strongly about this issue or why her fingers are pointing straight at Hall. True, Prince penned “Nothing Compares 2 U,” O’Connor’s biggest hit to date, but in a 2014 interview with Norwegian station NRK, she made it sound like there was no love lost between her and Prince. She even went as far as claiming, “I did meet him a couple of times. We didn’t get on at all. In fact we had a punch-up. He summoned me to his house after ‘Nothing Compares.’ I made it without him. I’d never met him. He summoned me to his house — and it’s foolish to do this to an Irish woman — he said he didn’t like me saying bad words in interviews. So I told him to fuck off.”
O’Connor also reportedly said that their meeting turned “violent,” that she had to escape his house at 5:00 a.m. and that he “packed a bigger punch” than her. For the record, there’s no evidence that these claims are true — this is based on O’Connor’s accusations.
I guess, assuming that all happened, it’s water under the bridge now for O’Connor because it sounds like she’s intent on defending Prince by going full steam ahead with her drug claims against Hall. Time — and the ongoing investigation into Prince’s death — will tell whether anything comes from all of this.