Love Looks to Lose in Latest Libel Lawsuit

Courtney Love was on a role.  After winning her “twibel” case against a former lawyer in January (during which I was a witness for the prosecution), she’s back in court dealing with another defamation lawsuit involving fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir.

“Wait!” you say, “Wasn’t that suit settled a couple of years ago?”

Glad you asked.  Yes, it was–for $430,000.  But then Courtney made some statements during a Howard Stern interview and on Pinterest that resulted in Simorangkir filing a second suit.  That’s what the current trial is all about–and the judge–one Michael Stern–rejected a motion by Courtney’s lawyers to have the suit thrown out.  He called her conduct “egregious” and that her statements “are slanderous on their face” and  “could be found to be malicious by a trier of fact or a jury.”

Reading between the lines, the message seems to be “settle this one out of court because you won’t do well in front of a jury.”

Read more at Spin.com from Pamela Chelin, who sits in the courtroom every day.  Additional detail at The Hollywood Reporter (who aren’t in the room.)

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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