Sinead O’Connor made headlines and landed herself on the receiving end of a lawsuit when she took to Facebook last year following the death of Prince and claimed that former talk show host Arsenio Hall used to furnish the late rock star with drugs.
In the Facebook post — which she has since deleted — she wrote: “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 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.”
Hall was quick to respond, denying the allegations completely, characterizing the singer as a “desperate attention seeker” and slapping her with a $5-million libel lawsuit.
At the time, Hall’s legal threats did little to quell O’Connor’s accusations.
“I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death,” O’Connor says in a statement.
“I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false,” she adds, “and I retract them unequivocally.”
According to People, Hall is apparently satisfied with the apology and will be withdrawing his lawsuit.