The Queen of Soul is suing a website for $10 million over what she is calling a fake story about her getting into a fight with Patti Labelle.
According to reports, Aretha Franklin has announced that she is suing the News Nerd for $10 million. The Detroit News reports:
“The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” Franklin said through her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way — defamation of character.”
On April 11, the website published a story that claimed LaBelle had been charged with assault and battery after accosting Franklin, apparently angered over how Franklin “threw epic shade.” “Franklin was quickly struck with a Mayweather style right and left and stumbled backwards, landing awkwardly,” the website wrote. “Bystanders subdued Labelle and escorted her outside of the venue. Franklin suffered only minor injuries.”
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