Courtney Love has accused The Muppets of “raping” the legacy of her late husband Kurt Cobain.
According to TMZ, the Hole singer is outraged that Kermit and co covered the classic Nirvana track ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in the 2011 flick The Muppets, for which she says they did not seek her permission.
Love, who recently revealed that she had asked U2 singer Bono to provide her with a character reference so she could rent a new house, claims that she owns the rights to Cobain’s music and has the power to approve whether they can be used in commercial projects.
However, TMZ also reports that Love has sold off half the rights to the Nirvana frontman’s back catalogue to Primary Wave Music, who are able to distribute his music and gave permission for the song to be used in The Muppets. It is also thought that they sought permission from former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to use the track, while some of the resulting royalties will be paid to Love and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Last year, Love reportedly signed a deal to pen her own memoir. It is thought that the book will “set the record straight” about her marriage to Nirvana late frontman Kurt Cobain, her career as a rock star and actress, and her relationships with other celebrities.
Last month, meanwhile, Love responded to reports that she killed her daughter’s pet cat by insisting it was eaten by a mountain lion. The claims, which were made by Frances Bean Cobain when filing for a restraining order against her mother, are featured in the new ebook Courtney Comes Clean, but Love’s lawyer claimed that the allegations were false and that they were looking to take legal action over leaked confidential court documents.