Sunday 20 October 2019

Rihanna fails in bid to halt Irish court case over email claims

Former bodyguard Geoffrey Keating and pop star Rihanna
Former bodyguard Geoffrey Keating and pop star Rihanna

Tim Healy

Singer Rihanna has failed to halt High Court proceedings brought against her by an Irish woman over alleged "malicious falsehoods" in an email and a phone call.

Dana Kavanagh (43), of Woodbank Drive, Valley Park, Finglas, is suing Rihanna under the name 'Robyn Fenty aka Rihanna', with an address at Lafayette Street, New York.

Last month, Rihanna asked the court to set aside service of Ms Kavanagh's proceedings on her at her home claiming it was not done in accordance with law. Ms Kavanagh opposed the application.

Ms Justice Miriam O'Regan said she was satisfied the case can now proceed to hearing.

In her action, Ms Kavanagh claims she was caused mental distress and emotional suffering as a result of what she says was a false and malicious email sent on July 11, 2013, about her husband Geoffrey Keating, who was Rihanna's head of security in 2012 and 2013. She is also suing over a phone call the singer allegedly made to Ms Kavanagh's sister-in-law.

Rihanna denies the claims.

Irish Independent

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