Courtney Love Ordered To Pay Almost $96,000 In Twitter Libel Case
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.08.2014
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Courtney Love won one of her Twitter libel cases while losing the other one.
In 2009, she was the first celebrity to be sued over something she wrote on Twitter. Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir was the subject of the tweets. Before the case went to trial, the two settled for almost $450,000. Love made the first five payments for a total of $350,000. She missed a $50,000 payment in January, which caused the victim's lawyer to request the judge enforce the settlement. The judge then ordered Love to pay $95,714.20, the remaining amount.
This comes after a different Los Angeles Superior Court had a hearing to decide if a new trial would be given to Rhonda Holmes. Holmes had issues with statements Love made on Twitter but a jury ruled in favor of Love in January.
Holmes' attorneys claimed that Love admitted to having malice when she said: "I don't think [Holmes] took a bribe" during a trial. She had previously tweeted: "I was f***ing devestated [sic] when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off."
A judge said the verdict was "right on the money" and the ruling of no malice was "entirely appropriate".
Holmes needed to show actual malice because she was ruled a "limited-purpose public figure" since she was once hired by Love to handle a fraud case against those managing Kurt Cobain's estate.
Simorangkir is not a public figure and has filed another defamation lawsuit for comments Love made on Pinterest and the Howard Stern radio show. A judge denied Love's attempt to get out of the lawsuit. It's currently on appeal.