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Rihanna being sued by former head of security for alleged defamation

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Rihanna continues to make news for other things besides her music. As TMZ first reported on April 28, the “Diamonds” singer may have went to far with comments made to a former bodyguard and now the pop star is being sued for defamation.

Geoffrey Keating, Rihanna’s former head of security, filed a lawsuit on Monday in Ireland claiming that his former boss made “nauseatingly offensive” and false statements about him on more than one occasion. According to Keating, the pop star made these statements in an email she stent to him and his wife last July. The same kind of defamatory comments were heard in a telephone call to his sister.

Keating, who worked for Rihanna on her “Diamonds” tour between October 2012 and July 2013, is suing for damages as he feels the comments have ruined both his reputation and future business opportunities. Keating is also out to clear his name of the alleged defamation by publishing a correction to statements associated about him.

Gerald Kean, Keating’s attorney, will have permission to serve Rihanna at her home in New York City and told TMZ that this lawsuit is something that won’t go away. He said, “We’re taking this battle very seriously. We are satisfied that the Irish courts will see justice at the end of the day.”

Keating filed the application in the Dublin High Court where Justice Michael Peart, who claimed to have no idea who Rihanna was, granted the application on what is known as an ex parte basis, meaning only one side is represented in court. No details of the alleged defamatory comments made by Rihanna were made available in open court, but the judge was satisfied enough to grant permission for Kean to serve the superstar singer with notice of the intended proceedings. Rihanna has not made a comment about the allegations as of yet.


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