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Courtney Love Tweets Her Way Into a Defamation Suit

220px-CourtneyLove1045 From THR, Esq. comes word that Courtney Love has tweeted her way into a lawsuit. Starting in March 2009, the rocker allegedly began a series of tirades on Twitter against fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who was demanding payment for a couple thousand dollars' worth of clothes she said Love owed her. THR, Esq. notes that:

[Love] announced that Simorangkir was a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love's own fame before stealing from her. 'She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!' Love wrote.

Not only did Love, front woman for the band Hole, slam the designer on Twitter, she also turned to Etsy.com and MySpace (remember, this was two years ago, when MySpace was a bit more relevant than it is now). "There has never been anything like this case before," THR quotes Bryan Freedman, attorney for Simorangkir, as saying. Love's attorney, James Janowitz, said  "we don't believe there's any defamation, and even if there were defamatory statements, there was no damage."

A question the upcoming trial may attempt to answer: Just how seriously do Twitter followers take tweets? Love has 40,000 followers, and Simorangkir has hired a social media expert to testify about "what kind of credibility is given to statements made on a casual forum like Twitter."

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Brendan McKenna is Law.com's news editor.

Posted by Laurel Newby on January 5, 2011 at 02:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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