Courtney Love tweets herself into another lawsuit, this time with a law firm


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Some celebrities have made Twitter work for them; Courtney Love is not one of them.

The perpetually-embattled Hole mastermind just settled a Twitter-related lawsuit in March (she paid out $430,000 to fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir after making statements on Twitter and MySpace that suggested she had some sort of criminal past), and now she faces yet another defamation suit thanks to a tweet.

Lawyer Rhonda Holmes has filed a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court that Love libeled her and her firm following the termination of their attorney-client relationship in 2009 (she is seeking unspecified damages). Love had hired Holmes’ firm to recoup money she thought was stolen from the estate of her late husband Kurt Cobain.

When Love began to second-guess attorney Keith Fink’s strategy—and later when the firm demanded that Love refrain from substance abuse during their working relationship—Love fired them and walked away. She returned a few months later seeking their representation again, but Holmes declined to work with Love a second time. That was when Love fired up her Twitter account.

The suit cites one tweet in particular that zeroes in on the trouble. “I was f—ing devastated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off,” Love wrote on her now-defunct account, suggesting that outside forces had bribed Holmes into not working with Love.

Court documents also note that Love gave an interview in July of last year where she explains that the lawyer she had hired had stopped returning her calls because “they got to her.”

Holmes denies any wrongdoing in the suit and notes that the suggestion that she has accepted a bribe has damaged her legal career. The suit even cites the previous Twitter-related defamation suit as proof that Love’s Internet-based opinions have negative effects on the people she talks about.

Love has yet to respond officially to the suit, though she should probably go through official channels and not use Facebook.

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  • This woman…

    What rhymes with hunt?

    • Squishmar

      Blunt. She’s always extremely blunt.

  • UGH

    I can’t wait for the day for her to get drunk and tweet her admission to offing her husband.

  • Mavis

    When Courtney says “they got to her”, does she mean the same Hollywood Assasins that are after Randy Quaid?

  • whatsinaname

    Kinda like EW’s “my editor” made me do it?



  • Polly

    Giving celebrities access to an outlet like Twitter and Facebook was never a good idea. Especially the ones who can’t keep their mouths shut.

    • Polly

      *or (not and)

  • Huh

    It must be fun to be defamed by Courtney Love–such an easy payday. She should just have herself declared mentally incompetent and be done with it. Spewing all that junkie resentment just ain’t working in her favor…

  • Realangst

    I am extremely disappointed in the posts on this subject. If you all had actually followed her career instead of just the headlines, you would realize that Courtney is a smart, talented multi-hyphenate with with some serious personality flaws. Those who demean her based on the headlines obviously have issues with first Amendment rights and need to be reminded ONCE AGAIN – for their right to FREE SPEECH to be protected, they have to stand by those with whom they disagree. If they don’t, then they are saying, in effect, I don’t care about the First Amendment. Just like they did when GW authorized the Patriot Act that robs us of our civil rights. If someone says something libelous, then they suffer the consequences. But, first and foremost, their right to say whatever the heck they want. Courtney is trying to break free from the drama of drugs and alcohol, give her kudos for that. You would if it were a friend or family member. Because she is not, does not mean it’s okay to attack her for what you THINK is going on. Grow a pair and admit you were wrong. I dare you.

    • Salem

      Agreed sugarheart! People forget that smart people have issues too. I think Courtney is a great person. She may have some screw ups on her record but, I give her credit for always staying true to herself. Few people in the world ever live life for themselves and in the end you are all you have. People like to ignore the ghosts in their closets and forget what it is to be human.

    • Gwen

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  • Squishmar

    What’s with this from the article above?: “I was f—ing devastated (sic)” The word ‘devastated’ is spelled correctly.

  • Salem

    Ms Courtney. Who cares if the reviews are good or bad… they are still talking about you and I say rock on!

    • Imelda

      Thank you for your cenmomt. It’s fabulous that I can help you this way, keep coming back. Graham

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