Published May 05, 2016Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor recently spoke out on the death of Prince, with a Facebook post suggesting Arsenio Hall had long supplied the beloved solo artist with drugs. In light of the accusation, the former talk show host has now slapped O'Connor with a $5 million US defamation lawsuit.
TMZ reports that Hall's lawyers, Marty Singer and Lynda Goldman, filed the suit this morning (May 5), denying O'Connor's claims and calling her a "desperate attention-seeker."
The initial social media post, published on Monday (May 2), suggested the DEA investigate Hall, further alleging that the entertainer was Prince's connect "over the decades." For this reason, she also labelled the talk show host "Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch."
"Anyone imagining prince[sic] was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land," O'Connor wrote. "Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherrif'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."
A second post from May 3 has O'Connor further detailing the alleged drugging incident at Murphy's house, where she says Hall passed her a laced joint in the '90s.
Hall's lawsuit denies the accusations, and seeks $5 million in damages. It's further noted that O'Connor is "well known for her media antics and for seeking attention through inflammatory Facebook posts."
The Irish singer's breakout hit was a cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," which appeared on her 1990 sophomore collection, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. In recent years, she's made headlines for writing an open letter to Miley Cyrus, accusing her booking agent of theft, and posting a suicide note on Facebook.
As previously reported, there is an ongoing criminal investigation regarding the April 21 death of Prince, who was found dead on his Paisley Park property in Minneapolis. It had been reported that Prince had been seeking treatment for an addiction to painkillers, and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency is now involved in the investigation.