Monday 18 February 2019

Judgment reserved in Rihanna 'falsehoods' case

Rihanna with ex-security man Geoffrey Keating
Rihanna with ex-security man Geoffrey Keating

A judge has reserved a decision on a challenge by singer Rihanna to High Court proceedings brought against her by an Irish woman.

Dana Kavanagh (43), of Woodbank Drive, Valley Park, Finglas, alleges "malicious falsehoods" were made by the Umbrella singer in an email and a phone call.

Ms Kavanagh is suing Rihanna, under the name "Robyn Fenty aka Rihanna", of Lafayette Street, New York.

Rihanna asked the court to set aside service of Ms Kavanagh's proceedings on her at her New York home. She says it was not done in accordance with law. Ms Kavanagh has opposed the application.

Following the completion of submissions on behalf of both sides yesterday, Ms Justice Miriam O'Regan reserved her decision.


Ms Kavanagh claims that she was caused mental distress and emotional suffering as a result of what she says was a false and malicious email.

The alleged message was sent on July 11, 2013, about Ms Kavanagh's husband, Geoffrey Keating, who was Rihanna's head of security in 2012 and 2013.

She is also suing Rihanna over a call the singer allegedly made to Ms Kavanagh's sister-in-law in relation to the same matter.

She claims that as a result of the allegations, a business she had built up with Mr Keating, called Geoff Keating Media, had been destroyed. Rihanna denies the claims.

The singer's lawyers argued that the purported service of proceedings on the singer's New York home should be set aside by the court.

They said that it was not done in accordance with international, US federal or New York State law.

Ms Kavanagh's side claimed that the singer is seeking to obstruct the bringing of proceedings against her in Ire- land.

Rihanna had not challenged the jurisdiction of Ireland as the place for the hearing of the case and had not sworn an affidavit to explain whether she had received the papers in the case or not, it was also claimed.

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