Detroit, Michigan – On April 11, the news satire site The News Nerd published a faux story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at “an R&B/Soul concert” on March 20. Franklin wasn’t happy with the sacrilegious Internet humor and posted a denial of the scuffle on her Facebook page.
Apparently, that wasn’t enough, as the Detroit News announced yesterday that Franklin is filing a $10 million lawsuit against The News Nerd.
The story becomes interesting every day. Today, lawyers for Aretha Franklin said the diva is suing Detroit News for telling the truth about her displeasure with The News Nerd faux story. “The Detroit newspaper, by reporting on the law suit, basically put a stop to the fake news from further going viral, and this has hurt the singer’s publicity potential ” the lawyers said.
Neither Detroit News nor The News Nerd returned The Adobo Chronicles’ calls requesting for comment.