By Hayden Wright
Early this week, Sinead O’Connor published a Facebook post accusing talk show host Arsenio Hall of providing Prince with hard drugs, as well as “spiking” her at Eddie Murphy’s home. The Irish singer’s biggest hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” was written by Prince. Previous interviews indicate she and the late icon only met a few times during his life.
Yesterday, Hall responded to the explosive allegations with a $5 million libel suit against O’Connor.
The suit characterizes O’Connor as a “desperate attention seeker” whose “defamatory lies” could do irreparable harm to Hall’s reputation. To prove his libel claim, attorneys must demonstrate that O’Connor (a citizen of Ireland) acted with reckless disregard of the truth.
“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 suit claims.