Courtney Love Twitter defamation lawsuit win upheld following appeal

The original suit was centred around a tweet that the Hole singer sent

Courtney Love’s legal victory over her former attorney Rhonda Holmes has been upheld following an appeal against the decision.

In 2014, Courtney Love was found not liable for defamation against her former attorney Rhonda Holmes.

Love was sued by Holmes, a lawyer she previously hired to handle a fraud case against those managing the estate of her late husband Kurt Cobain, for a 2010 tweet that reportedly read: “I was fucking devastated when Rhonda J Holmes esq of San Diego was bought off.”


The jury stated that Love’s tweet may have included ‘false information’, but that Love did not necessarily know that her post was untrue.

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.


Holmes appealed the decision but, as Pitchfork reports, an appeals court has upheld the original verdict.

Justice Thomas Willhite wrote: “Substantial evidence supports the jury’s finding that Holmes did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that Cobain knew the statement was false or had serious doubts about the truth of the statement when she made it.”

Following the original decision in 2014 Love told Spin: “I feel really good. I am relieved. I am really happy to have had good counsel for the first time in 24 years.” 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.”

Meanwhile, Courtney Love covered Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ during a live performance in Los Angeles last month (January 5).


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