Courtney Love Heads To Court To Defend A Tweet
January 14, 2014 at 7:12 AM (PT)
COURTNEY LOVE has become the first person to defend an allegedly defamatory tweet in a U.S. courtroom. The GORDON & HOLMES V. LOVE kicked off YESTERDAY (1/13).
POYNTER.ORG notes, "In 2010, COURTNEY LOVE accused her former attorney RHONDA HOLMES of bribery, tweeting, 'I was f***ing devestated [sic] when RHONDA J. HOLMES esq. of SAN DIEGO was bought off @FairNewsSpears perhaps you can get a quote'. LOVE posted the tweet after HOLMES, her attorney at the time, declined to help LOVE bring a fraud case against those managing the estate of LOVE’s late husband, NIRVANA front man KURT COBAIN."
The report adds, "LOVE argued that her tweet was not defamatory because it should be considered an opinion — given the hyperbole and exaggeration associated with the Internet. LOS ANGELES Superior Court Judge MICHAEL JOHNSON rejected LOVE’s argument and set the case for trial. Now a jury will determine how defamation should be applied in the context of the casual online communications found on TWITTER."