Van Morrison Sued By Northern Ireland Health Minister for Defamatory COVID Comments

Van Morrison Sued By Northern Ireland Health Minister for Defamatory COVID Comments

The singer songwriter is on the defense after leading a chant of “Robin Swann is dangerous” at an event in Belfast.
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Lockdown critic Van Morrison is being sued by Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann who claims the 76-year old blue eyed soul legend damaged his reputation after he called him “dangerous” and accused him of misrepresenting facts.

Swann has hired libel lawyer Paul Tweed who served Morrison with papers in June and sent a statement of claim in September. Tweed has previously represented Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lopez, and First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster.

Sir Van released a statement of defense in October and if no agreement is met, a meeting in High Court is scheduled for February.

Minister Swann is alleging Morrison publicly railed against him on three separate occasions and said he endangered the public, misrepresented facts, and is unfit for office.

In June, Morrison responded to his recent concert cancellations at a small-scale gig at the Belfast Europa Hotel by pulling up loyalist politician Ian Paisley on stage and leading the crowd into a chant of “Robin Swann is very dangerous.”

Former Minister Paisley personally apologized to Minister Swann. UUP Leader Doug Beattie called the event “vile.”

Days later when approached by local news outlet Sunday Life, Morrison declined to acknowledge the existence of COVID, expressed no regrets to his actions at the Europa, and confirmed his belief that Robin Swann is in fact dangerous, “He’s a fraud, I believe he’s a fraud. Why should I regret it?” Swann had since given a negative interview to Rolling Stone Magazine about Morrison’s comments. When Sir Van was reached for response, he gave a “fuck off” and taunted, “I can’t hear you with a mask on, you fucking idiot.”

Swann’s team also holds Morrison liable for comments he made on his on a video titled “For Clarity” which published days after the Sunday Life interview to his YouTube channel. “I’m a UK citizen. I live in the UK, work in the UK and pay my taxes in the UK,” Morrison said stressing that the songs were not aimed at the Executive. Morrison incorrectly refers to the minister as “Robert Swann” and says he’s been waiting on evidence as to why live music had been halted from him for a year.

Solicitors from both parties have expressed regrets that legal proceedings are necessary to reach a resolution and Swann’s legal team has said they are “disappointed by the publicity that surrounds the issue of the proceedings."

Vehement opponents of lockdown restriction amidst the pandemic, both Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have become something of boomer martyrs receiving both a wave of negative press and support from the anti-mask mini-movement in regard to their protest songs. Until further notice, Van Morrison will be expected in High Court February where a judge will decide if he must pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages to Minister Robin Swann or if he shall walk again...

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Lockdown critic Van Morrison is being sued by Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann who claims the 76-year old blue eyed soul legend damaged his reputation after he called him “dangerous” and accused him of misrepresenting facts.

Swann has hired libel lawyer Paul Tweed who served Morrison with papers in June and sent a statement of claim in September. Tweed has previously represented Harrison Ford, Jennifer Lopez, and First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster.

Sir Van released a statement of defense in October and if no agreement is met, a meeting in High Court is scheduled for February.

Minister Swann is alleging Morrison publicly railed against him on three separate occasions and said he endangered the public, misrepresented facts, and is unfit for office.

In June, Morrison responded to his recent concert cancellations at a small-scale gig at the Belfast Europa Hotel by pulling up loyalist politician Ian Paisley on stage and leading the crowd into a chant of “Robin Swann is very dangerous.”

Former Minister Paisley personally apologized to Minister Swann. UUP Leader Doug Beattie called the event “vile.”

Days later when approached by local news outlet Sunday Life, Morrison declined to acknowledge the existence of COVID, expressed no regrets to his actions at the Europa, and confirmed his belief that Robin Swann is in fact dangerous, “He’s a fraud, I believe he’s a fraud. Why should I regret it?” Swann had since given a negative interview to Rolling Stone Magazine about Morrison’s comments. When Sir Van was reached for response, he gave a “fuck off” and taunted, “I can’t hear you with a mask on, you fucking idiot.”

Swann’s team also holds Morrison liable for comments he made on his on a video titled “For Clarity” which published days after the Sunday Life interview to his YouTube channel. “I’m a UK citizen. I live in the UK, work in the UK and pay my taxes in the UK,” Morrison said stressing that the songs were not aimed at the Executive. Morrison incorrectly refers to the minister as “Robert Swann” and says he’s been waiting on evidence as to why live music had been halted from him for a year.

Solicitors from both parties have expressed regrets that legal proceedings are necessary to reach a resolution and Swann’s legal team has said they are “disappointed by the publicity that surrounds the issue of the proceedings."

Vehement opponents of lockdown restriction amidst the pandemic, both Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have become something of boomer martyrs receiving both a wave of negative press and support from the anti-mask mini-movement in regard to their protest songs. Until further notice, Van Morrison will be expected in High Court February where a judge will decide if he must pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages to Minister Robin Swann or if he shall walk again...

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