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), Woodbank Drive, Valley Park, Finglas, Dublin 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 New York home claiming it was not done in accordance with law. Ms Kavanagh opposed the application.
On Thursday, Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan said she was satisfied Rihanna had discharged the burden of proof in relation to her claim that service of the documents was not valid as a matter of New York or US federal law.
However, the judge found there were “just grounds” to declare the service of court documents on Rihanna was effected in accordance with the rules of the superior courts here.
The decision means 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 11th, 2013, about her (Kavanagh’s) 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 in relation to the same matter.
She claims that as a result of the allegations a business she built up with Mr Keating, called Geoff Keating Media, had been destroyed.
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