Last week, the San Diego law firm of Gordon & Holmes filed a complaint against Love for allegedly implying that one of its lawyers accepted a bribe. The firm had represented Love as she attempted to regain money she claims was stolen from her late husband Kurt Cobain’s estate.
According to the complaint (PDF):
Plaintiffs’ representation of LOVE was conditioned upon LOVE refraining from any and all substance abuse for at least the duration of Plaintiffs’ and Love’s attorney-client relationship. There was never any indication LOVE honored this condition. On information and belief, the imposition of this condition (the requirement LOVE remain clean and sober throughout the course of LOVE’s and Plaintiffs’ attorney-client relationship) caused LOVE to become angry with Plaintiffs.
In May 2009, Love fired the firm, but approached them again to represent her later that year; when the firm declined to accept representation, the relationship between the parties turned increasingly sour, and Love, according to the complaint, turned to Twitter and wrote, “i was f***ing devastated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off” (emphasis and “sic” added in complaint).
The lawsuit further alleges that in a July 2010 interview, Love referred to a female lawyer who “disappeared” after “they got to her.”
The law firm is suing the star for libel, false light invasion of privacy and intentional interference with a prospective economic advantage. The law firm argues that the implication that one of its lawyers has accepted a bribe combined with the broad reach of Love’s tweets (tens of thousands of followers), the firm and lawyer’s reputation have suffered damage.
Along with unspecified damages, the lawsuit also seeks punitive damages to dissuade Love from sending out libelous tweets in the future.
According to Reuters, Love’s legal representation has not commented on the suit.