Prince 'Tried To Beat The S*** Out Of' Sinead O'Connor While On Hard Drugs, Singer Claims

Sinead O'Connor claimed Prince used hard drugs and was violent toward women, including herself. Above, Prince is pictured performing on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Audio of "Nothing Compares 2 U" star Sinead O'Connor leaked Thursday where she claimed Prince regularly used hard drugs, was violent toward women and once tried to attack her. She originally talked to authorities 11 days after Prince's death.

"In the case of Prince, everyone is mistaken who believes he did not have a drug habit the entirety of his life. He used hard drugs commonly," she told police in a May 2, 2016 interview, as noted by The Blast. "I know this because I spent time with the man."

"He did not release an album, famously, which was called the Black Album," she continued. "The reason he didn't, he told me himself, was that he had been taking so many dark drugs that he had a vision from God and God told him the album was evil and he was not to release it."

O'Connor, whose 1990 hit song was written by Prince, never saw him use drugs. "He would retire to another room to take whatever the drugs were and when he would come out of the room, he would be very violent, very aggressive, his eyeballs would disappear, literally, from his eyes, they vanished," O'Connor added. "He had been very violent, and these women will be coming forward over time. He had been extremely violent to a number of women in his life, including myself. Several women were put in the hospital while poor Prince was under the effects of these medications."

O'Connor, 51, recalled a time when Prince allegedly tried to attack her. "He tried to beat the shit out of me," she told police. "I had to escape out of his house in the middle of the night, I managed to escape out of his house, he had me locked in the house ready to beat the s—t out of me because he had gone upstairs and taken some kind of weird drug," O'Connor claimed. "Prince was not a very nice man. I always joked that they didn't call him Prince for nothing."

Prince died April 21, 2016 at the age of 57 after taking counterfeit Vicodin containing fentanyl, Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday. After two years of investigation Prince's death, there will be no criminal charges. The singer did not have a prescription for fentanyl or Vicodin, and police did not believe there was a sinister motive in Prince's accidental overdose.

The star, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was best known for hits like "Little Red Corvette," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss" and many more.