Health Minister Robin Swann says the 76-year-old musician’s public comments damaged his reputation by suggesting he was unfit for his post and mismanaged advice during the pandemic, according to Ireland from North. Sunday Life Journal.
“Lawsuits have been initiated and are ongoing against Van Morrison. We’re aiming for a trial in February, ”Swann’s attorney Paul Tweed told Sunday Life. Tweed has previously represented celebrities like Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez and Arlene Foster.
The lawsuit revolves around three cases in which Morrison allegedly defamed Swann.
The premiere took place at the Europa Hotel in Belfast in June when Morrison tried to blackmail his fans “Robin Swann is very dangerous”. This incident occurred after several of the singer’s performances were canceled due to COVID-19 lockouts, Sunday Life reported.
Days later at the Europa Hotel, Morrison was asked about his comments. “No, no, I don’t regret it,” the singer told Sunday Life. “Of course he’s dangerous. “
“He’s an impostor, I think he’s an impostor. Why should I regret it? “, he added. “He called me dangerous and I call him dangerous. “
The third incident involved content on Morrison’s YouTube channel.
Shortly after his newspaper interview, Morrison posted a YouTube video in June titled “For Clarity” to explain why he thought Swann was “dangerous”.
Morrison mistakenly referred to the Minister of Health as “Robert Swann” in the video and said Swann “decided he wanted to mind my own business”.
In the video, Morrison also said he contacted Swann about a year ago to ask for “scientific evidence” to corroborate why live music was banned during the pandemic.
Morrison said he would not “lie down and accept” being unable to do his job.
The Irish singer also wrote a trio of songs last year to protest COVID lockdowns and accuse the government of ‘taking our freedom’.
Swann responded to these songs in an editorial for Rolling Stone last September. “His words will bring great comfort to conspiracy theorists – the tin-foil hat brigade fighting masks and vaccines,” the health minister wrote.