Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O’Connor for $5 million after she claimed earlier this week that he had supplied the late singer Prince with drugs for ‘decades’ and once ‘spiked’ her at Eddie Murphy’s house.
Sinead made the accusations in a Facebook post on Monday, following them up with a long rant Tuesday when she said Hall had given her a spiked joint at some point years before.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday morning, calls O’Connor a ‘desperate attention-seeker’ and categorically denies that Hall ever supplied Prince with hard drugs or gave O’Connor a spiked joint.
The lawsuit documents state, “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. O’Connor is now known perhaps as much for her bizarre, unhinged internet rants as for her music.”
The suit was filed by Hall’s lawyers, Marty Singer and Lynda Goldman, and also says that Hall hasn’t had any contact with O’Connor in 25 years.
The feud began on Monday, when O’Connor posted a Facebook message that stated, “Anyone imagining Prince was not a long-time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land.” Her post went on to claim that Hall, whose she referred to as “Prince and Eddie Murphy’s bi*ch, supplied the late singer with drugs “over the decades.” Sinead also stated that Hall “spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy’s house.”
O’Connor claimed she given the information to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating Prince’s death.
The following day Sinead shared a longer post, claiming that Arsenio Hall had argued with her after she had refused to attend the Grammys and that he gave her the spiked joint as a pretend peace offering, then laughed as she collapsed.
The lawsuit was filed the same day that Carver County Sheriff’s office announced it had indeed found a drug in Prince’s body, but stated that the drug was Percocet.
A possible addition to prescription drugs is now at the top of the list for investigators, who now include the DEA and FBI. Local officials told ABC that the feds had become involved so that the investigation could cover the multiple states he had visited before his death.
O’Connor first shot to fame in 1990 with her arrangement of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ a song Prince had written for his side project, The Family.
Sinead didn’t actually meet Prince until after the song went number-one worldwide and it didn’t go well. She recalled, “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 my interviews. So I told him to f*** off. He got quite violent. I had to escape out of his house at five in the morning. He packed a bigger punch than mine.”