Rihanna fails to halt case by Irish woman seeking damages

Dana Kavanagh claims her business suffered due to a malicious e-mail

Rihanna fails to halt case by Irish woman seeking damages

Rihanna arrives to the 'Oceans 8' New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Centre on June 5th, 2018 | Image: Elise Leclerc/SIPA USA/PA Images

A High Court judge has dismissed Rihanna’s attempt to set aside the service of a summons on her as part of a legal action taken by a Dublin woman.

Dana Kavanagh - of Woodbank Drive, Valley Park in Finglas - claims her business was ruined by a malicious e-mail circulated by the singer.

Rihanna, or Robyn Fenty as she is named in court papers, is being sued for damages by the partner of the singer’s former bodyguard Geoffrey Keating.

She claims a false and malicious rumour was sent to her by Rihanna in July 2013 that made untrue references about Keating.

As a result of these alleged claims, Ms Kavanagh says their business had to cease trading, and their client list of over 5,000 was decimated.

She said the business took years to build up and was destroyed in a matter of days by these alleged rumours.

In November 2015, the court heard a summons was served on the concierge at Rihanna’s home in New York.

Another summons was served on another person at the same address the following October.

Rihanna’s lawyers tried to have service set aside - claiming it was invalid.

Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan dismissed their application on Thursday morning.

She said she was satisfied there are grounds to declare that the service actually effected was enough, which paves the way for the case to be heard unless there is an appeal of today’s decision.