Remember that hilarious fake story about Aretha Franklin getting to a physical fight with Patti LaBelle? It was so outrageous that Aretha issued a statement in her defense, just to further let people know that there was no truth to the report whatsoever.
The Queen of Soul hasn’t let it go. She’s now moving forward with a lawsuit against the website responsible for the story — to the tune of $10 million.
Patti LaBelle did not punch Aretha Franklin, and the latter soul diva wants the website that wrote a fake story “for entertainment purposes” to pay up for spreading the rumor. Franklin has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the humor site the News Nerd, according to The Detroit News. “The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” she said through her publicist. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way – defamation of character.”
The News Nerd has always presented itself as a satirical website, so we’re not sure how much merit Aretha’s lawsuit actually has — but with today’s legal system you just never know.
[via Rolling Stone]