Sinéad O'Connor Slams Prince For 'Being A Violent Abuser Of Women,' Claims Late Singer Attacked Her At His Hollywood Home
Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor is opening up about a vicious confrontation she allegedly had with Prince after her 1991 cover of his song "Nothing Compares 2 U" became her biggest hit.
In her upcoming memoir, Rememberings, which will be released June 1, O'Connor recounts the bizarre encounter when Prince invited her over to his Hollywood mansion and allegedly began scolding her for how she handled press.
In the book, she writes that Prince “chastised her for swearing in interviews, harangued his butler to serve her soup though she repeatedly refused it, and sweetly suggested a pillow fight only to thump her with something hard he’d slipped into his pillowcase," The New York Times reported in a profile of the 54-year-old published on Monday, May 18.
After she began to feel uncomfortable, O'Connor said she escaped his house on foot in the middle of the night; however, she claimed Prince tracked her down outside his home. The iconic singer — who died at the age of 57 — allegedly “stalked her with his car, leapt out and chased her around the highway."
The "All Apologies" crooner shamed Prince for his treatment towards women, telling the Times: "You’ve got to be crazy to be a musician, but there’s a difference between being crazy and being a violent abuser of women."
Her most recent account of her unpleasant experience with the "Purple Rain" singer lines up with a 2007 interview she did with The Mirror. At the time, she recalled how Prince invited her over, with their conversation quickly going from a heated discussion to a violent, physical attack, according to O'Connor.
“He invited me to his house in Los Angeles and started to give out to me for swearing in interviews,” she told the outlet. “When I told him to go f**k himself, he got very upset and became quite threatening, physically. I ended up having to escape." O'Connor added: "He can pack a punch. A few blows were exchanged. All I could do was spit. I spat on him quite a bit."
And in 2019, O'Connor — who is set to release her first album in seven years — made similar claims of Prince trying to "beat her up" on Good Morning America.
Despite the slew of accusations made against him, the singer's ex-wife Mayte Garcia — who was married to the Academy Award winner from 1996-2000 — defended him. In 2018, she told TMZ that the star had never been violent towards her nor had she ever witnessed him being violent towards others.