Bodyguard Sues Rihanna for Defamation

Dublin-based Geoffrey Keating, who once served as Rih's head of security, claims the singer hurt his business with emails to him and his wife.

Posted: 04/29/2014 07:53 AM EDT
Filed Under Music News, Rihanna, Lawsuit

Traveling overseas can be complicated for many reasons, and now email is one. Rihanna was named in a lawsuit filed recently in Dublin, Ireland's High Court for allegedly defaming a former employee, Geoffrey Keating.

Keating, a bodyguard, worked as Rih's head of security while she was on tour between October 2012 and July 2013, reports The Irish Times, and he claims that the "What Now?" singer defamed him via emails sent to him and his wife on July 11, 2013, and in a conversation with his sister.

Although details of the convos are currently hushed, Keating's counsel described the language as "nauseatingly offensive," so much so that it caused damage to his business. He's seeking an as yet undisclosed amount and a published apology.

Meanwhile, Rih has yet to receive the suit. Neither she nor her representatives were present when High Court Justice Michael Peart gave permission for Keating's counsel to pursue the lawsuit.

She is expected to be served the paperwork in New York.

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