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Courtney Love Sued Over Tweets

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Courtney Love / Hole by S_Eck on Flickr

Courtney Love / Hole by S_Eck on Flickr

Courtney Love has been in an ongoing battle with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir over alleged non-payment for clothes, but when the feud spilled over into social media, things really got serious — as in, Simorangkir has sued Love over allegedly defamatory postings on Twitter, MySpace, and Etsy.com.

The postings in question include Love’s calling Simorangkir a thief and a drug-pushing prostitute who had lost custody of her child and committed assault and battery. In one now infamous tweet, Love wrote, “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!”

Simorangkir decided to sue Love for defamation, alleging that her career has been destroyed because of Love’s postings, costing her millions of dollars.

Simorangkir’s attorney Bryan Freedman said, “The comments by Ms. Love are some of the most egregious comments that any person could make of another. Even after apologizing for some of her comments, that didn’t stop her from continuing to make more,” according to CNN. “At some point Ms. Love is going to be held accountable for her behavior.”

Love’s attorney, James Janowitz, argues that there was no defamation, and even if there was, there were no damages. Janowitz is likely to claim that Love’s postings were mere opinions and not presented as fact, which would make them not defamatory by law. The question could arise, though, as how Love’s followers would have perceived the tweets and other postings — as fact or opinion.

Love’s Twitter account, which had around 40,000 followers, has been pulled as the two sides attend a mandatory settlement conference this week; if no agreement is reached, trial will begin in early February. This would be the first big case dealing with alleged defamation and a celebrity’s social media postings.

What do you think? Does Simorangkir have a good case?

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January 11th, 2011 at 9:39 am