After singer Sinead O'Connor publicly accused comedian Arsenio Hall of supplying singer Prince with drugs on May 1, Hall is denying the accusations.
“Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades … Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince’s and Eddie Murphy’s b‑‑‑‑),” O’Connor wrote on Facebook. “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 (sic) 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’s representatives quickly refuted the statements, Entertainment Weekly reports.
“The statement regarding Arsenio Hall is absolutely false, ridiculous and absurd,” his representative Traci Harper said.
Meanwhile, social media users also seem to find O’Connor’s comments far-fetched.
“SInead, please have some respect for the dead. Prince was a fantastic artist has are you. I understand your unwell at the moment so this is easier said than done but from one mother to another this is not how to make your children proud of you,” wrote Facebook user Caroline Clarke.
A few took O’Connor’s side.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Maybe she knows more than what everyday people know,” wrote Facebook user Janna Mora, later adding “if this is true I applaud her for coming forward because it's time to put drug dealers to rest.”
Most seem to believe these statements reflected O’Connor’s mental health problems.
O’Connor attracted international attention in November 2015 after she publicly revealed her struggles with depression, explaining she had taken a drug overdose.
Only four years before, she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing abuse as child.
She has also publicly spoken against people using her mental illnesses against her.
"I really feel the use of the word 'crazy,' or associated words as terms of abuse, should become a crime punishable by imprisonment,” O’Connor told People magazine in 2012. "We need to be compassionate and gentle toward those of our brothers and sisters who have been hurt and are wounded and fragile, while also strong and alive. We should not mock those who are brave enough to show their wounds."