Arsenio Hall Sues Sinead O’Connor for Accusing Him of Supplying Drugs to Prince

By May Wilkerson 05/09/16

O'Connor's now-deleted Facebook post also claimed that Hall once spiked marijuana she was given at Eddie Murphy's house.

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Arsenio Hall Sues Sinead O’Connor for Accusing Him of Supplying Drugs to Prince
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In the wake of Prince's untimely death, the finger-pointing has already begun. Last week, singer Sinéad O'Connor publicly accused comedian Arsenio Hall of supplying Prince with drugs for years—and in response, Hall slapped her with a $5 million defamation lawsuit.

On Monday, the 49-year-old singer-songwriter, who is known for stirring controversy, posted on Facebook: "Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades ... Arsenio Hall. Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land." 

In the post, which has since been deleted, O'Connor also accused the comedian of spiking marijuana she was given at a Grammys afterparty at Eddie Murphy's house. "Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sheriff's office,” she wrote. “Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie Murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave."

Hall, 60, has not taken the accusations lightly. On Thursday, he sued the singer for damages of "not less than" $5 million, denying the "heinous accusations" and claiming Hall has not had contact with O'Connor for about 25 years. "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," according to the lawsuit. 

Prince’s cause of death is still unknown, but many suspect he died from an opiate overdose. TMZ reported the singer had overdosed on Percocet aboard a flight six days before his death, though at the time his reps claimed he had the flu. And a report last week revealed the singer’s reps reached out to a prominent California doctor, who specializes in opiate addiction treatment, the day before his death.

TMZ also reported the musician had made four trips to Walgreens in the days leading up to his death. To aid in the investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that they're teaming up with local authorities to investigate the circumstances of Prince’s death. 

O’Connor, whose cover of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U” catapulted her to fame in the ‘90s, commented on the lawsuit via Facebook on Friday: "I'm more amused than I've ever dreamed a person could be and look forward very much to how hilarious it will be watching him trying to prove me wrong." 

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