Aretha Franklin is not a happy camper over a recent report that claimed the soul veteran got into a fight with Patti LaBelle, which alleges that LaBelle was arrested for giving her “a Mayweather style right and left” in the attack.
The false story was originally posted on TheNewsNerd.com, which Franklin claimed reached millions through print and broadcast pick-up and numerous repostings by social media users.
The Queen of Soul is now suing the website CEO, Kato Leonard, for ten million dollars as a result of the defamation of her character.
“The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” says Franklin. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way—defamation of character.”
The News Nerd gave a detailed account of the two meeting in Atlanta at a concert, where LaBelle attacked Franklin, "causing the singer to stumble and fall, “landing awkwardly.” The site goes on to say LaBelle has a court date this week in reference to the case.
After hearing the “satirical” story, Franklin released the below statement:
“I’ve never heard anything crazier—regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta,” she says. “On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error). I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time. Patti and I are cool and we always have been. I enjoyed her at the White House. Classic Patti.”
Franklin has been in contact with her lawyer.