A tweet posted by Courtney Love in 2010 – in which she said a lawyer working for her had been “bought off” – has been declared ‘not defamatory’ by jurors in Los Angeles.
Love was appearing in court to defend a tweet she wrote about Rhonda Holmes, a lawyer she hired previously to handle a fraud case against those managing the estate of her late husband Kurt Cobain.
Following an eight day case and three hours of deliberation, the jury yesterday (January 24) decided that the tweet – which read in part “I was fucking devestated [sic] when Rhonda J Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off” – was not defamatory. The jury stated that Love’s tweet may have included ‘false information’, but she did not know it wasn’t true.
Billboard writes that Love told jurors the message was supposed to be private and was deleted as soon as she found that it wasn’t. It was the first time a celebrity had been called to defend an allegedly defamatory tweet in a US courtroom.
Love was not present to witness the verdict, leaving court following the lawyers’ closing arguments in the morning. However, she returned as the courthouse was closing to hug and thank her lawyers John Lawrence and Matthew Bures following the delivery of the verdict.