Courtney Love files cease and desist order against Kurt Cobain conspiracy film

Documentary makers behind 'Soaked In Bleach' say film is "a compelling case for re-opening the investigation into Kurt’s death"

Courtney Love has filed a cease and desist order against the makers of a film which alleges she was responsible for the death of husband and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

The Nirvana frontman passed away in April 1994, with the official cause of his death cited by police as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Despite this, the circumstances surrounding his passing have been much debated ever since.

Read: 50 things you never knew about Nirvana

Taking its name from a lyric in Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’, the Benjamin Statler-directed Soaked In Bleach was released on June 11. However, as Stereogum reports, any cinemas showing the film will face action from Love and her legal team, who say that the film is defamatory.

A brief summary of documents from Love and her legal team can be read below:

“We demand that you immediately cease and desist from infringing on Ms Cobain’s rights in any manner whatsoever, including but not limited to completely halting the film’s planned exhibition and promotion.

“The film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain. A false accusation of criminal behavior is defamatory per se under California Civil Code Section 45a, which entitles Ms Cobain to both actual and presumed damages.”

A spokesperson for the film told Deadline that, “Courtney Love and her lawyers clearly don’t like that the film presents a compelling case for re-opening the investigation into Kurt’s death,” adding that Love should “respect the First Amendment and let people decide for themselves.”

The film features actor Tyler Bryan portraying Cobain, Sarah Scott as Love and Daniel Roebuck (Dr Arzt from Lost) taking the role of Tom Grant, a private detective the film makers allege Love hired to find her husband shortly before his death in 1994. The fictionalised reenactments are interspersed with real-life interviews with Grant, attorney Rosemary Carroll and others. Watch a trailer from the film below.

Another Cobain-based picture, documentary film Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck was released earlier this year. The biopic film, directed by Brett Morgen and executive-produced by the singer’s daughter Frances Bean, followed the life of the late frontman. It hit UK cinemas in the spring, also receiving its US television premiere on HBO earlier this month (May). Read the NME review here.