The tweet in question accused Holmes of being “bought off” in a fraud case against those handling the estate of Love’s late husband Kurt Cobain. Following an eight day case and three hours of deliberation, the jury decided on Friday (January 24) that the tweet was not defamatory. The jury stated that Love’s tweet may have included ‘false information’, but she did not know it wasn’t true.
Love was not present to witness the verdict but later responded, telling Spin: “I feel really good. I am relieved. I am really happy to have had good counsel for the first time in 24 years.” The Hole frontwoman also revealed she had been shaking before the verdict was announced. Her attorney John Lawrence also reacted to the verdict, saying: “I don’t think it’s a case that will change the law, but it is a very good result for Courtney.”
Billboard reports 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.