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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