Last year, singer Sinéad O’Connor accused Arsenio Hall of giving drugs to Prince after the icon died from an accidental overdose of opioid fentanyl.
On Facebook, she wrote, “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. I'm also very happy to notice that the DEA have taken me seriously enough to be thoroughly questioning all of Prince's friends and aides from the last thirty years as to his KNOWN history of hard drug use and where he obtained his drugs. I do not like drugs killing musicians. And I do not like Arsenio Hall.”
Nearly a year later, O’Connor is backpedaling, apologizing to Hall, who filed a $5-million defamation lawsuit after hearing her allegations.
Sinéad told TMZ, "I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio 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. I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally."
In a joint statement to TMZ, Arsenio and Sinéad said, "Sinéad has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her.”
After her retraction and apology, Arsenio’s rep reveal that he plans to ask the lawsuit to be dismissed.