Courtney Love Wins Landmark 'Twibel' Case
In a landmark decision, a US court on Friday decided that a comment passed on Twitter by Courtney Love about her former lawyer four years ago wasn't defamatory.
In 2010, the 49-year-old rocker, in a tweet, had claimed that her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes had been 'bought off.'
Her actual words on the micro-blogging website were: "I was devastated when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off."
In reaction, Holmes filed a lawsuit against Love, claiming that the statement had caused irreparable damage to her name. But, after eight days of discussions, the Los Angeles County Superior Court jury decided that even though what Love said about Holmes turned out to be false, the singer didn't know about her tweet's inaccuracy at the time of posting.
Love had acquired Holmes' services to work her case against the estate of her late husband, Kurt Cobain. However, things didn't work out between them, and it eventually led to Holmes' firing. Then, the controversial comment, which Love wanted to send to someone as a direct message, got posted for public viewing by mistake, and even though she deleted it after realizing the error, it had been seen by her followers.
Holmes subsequently filed a lawsuit dubbed the 'Twibel' case and was seeking $8million in damages.
After getting a favorable verdict, Love told NBC: "I was really happy for the firm and for me and for everybody that the case could have affected if it had been adverse."
A few hours later, she tweeted: "I can't thank you enough Dongell Lawrence Finney LLP, the most incredible law firm on the planet. We won this epic battle. #justiceprevails."
The case against Love was the first of its kind against a celebrity and arising from a tweet.
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