Sinead O'Connor has claimed that late singer Prince once tried to beat her up in a "frightening experience" at his home in Los Angeles.
The Irish singer, 52, made the shocking allegations about the artist – who wrote her hit single Nothing Compares 2U – on Good Morning Britain.
Telling presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that she and Prince did not get on, she said they once tried to beat each other up.
"Well it was more that he was trying to beat me up and I was defending myself," she then clarified.
"It was a very frightening experience.
"It was in Los Angeles and he summoned me to his house one night and I foolishly went alone not knowing where I was.
"He summoned me there because he was uncomfortable with the fact that I wasn't a protege of his - I had just recorded the song - and he was wanting me to be a protege of his."
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Irish singer Sinead O'Connor at Lourdes in France where she was ordained as a Priest in the Latin Tridentine Church and adopted the name Mother Bernadette Mary O'Connor.
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O'Connor continued: "He asked, well he didn't ask but he ordered that I don't swear anymore in my interviews and like, Irish people swear all the time.
"Of course, I told him where he could go.
"And then he went for me.
"Then he went upstairs and got a pillow and he had something hard in the pillow."
The singer said she fled Prince's house and hid behind a tree and that he then got into his car.
"We meet on the highway in Malibu at five in the morning – we are running around this car. I'm spitting at him, he's trying to punch me," she said.
The star said the situation ended when she rang on somebody's doorbell, "which my father always told me to do if I got in a situation like that".
O'Connor claimed Prince was "into some pretty dark drugs" at the time.
The singer died in 2016 at the age of 57, after an accidental fentanyl overdose.