Arsenio Hall Sues Sinead O'Connor for $5 Million Over Her Claim He Provided Prince with Drugs
After Sinead O’Connor claimed Arsenio Hall was Prince’s drug dealer on her Facebook page, the comedian and talkshow host is hitting back at the singer with a libel lawsuit.
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Hall is seeking “not less than $5 million” in damages. In the papers, Hall states O’Connor is “desperate” and an “attention-seeker” who “has maliciously published outlandish defamatory lies” about him, though they haven’t been in contact “in 25 years.”
“O’Connor knew that there was no truth whatsoever to the vicious lies she spewed about Hall on her Facebook page, and that she had concocted them and had no basis to believe that they were true,” continues the papers.
“Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades . Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince’s and Eddie Murphy’s bitch),” the singer-songwriter wrote Monday. “Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. 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.”
Hall claims O’Connor had limited contact with the late singer, and that her statements have caused “substantial harm” to his reputation.
“The statement regarding Arsenio Hall is absolutely false, ridiculous and absurd,” his rep Traci Harper said.
Prince died April 21 and reportedly had the opioid painkiller Percocet in his system when he was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home.