Love Likely to be Labeled Libelous

Love's not feeling the love as judge validates defamation suit

By Annie Geffroy
|  Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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Love consistently makes headlines for trashy hair and makeup, racy outfits, and outrageous behavior.

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Notorious bad girl and all-around hot mess Courtney Love has -- through steady effort over the course of a decade -- become more well-known for her erratic behavior than for her music. (Quick, name a Courtney Love song! That’s what we thought.)

The notorious rocker has now achieved an unprecedented brand of trouble, becoming the first-ever celebrity to be slapped with a defamation suit for statements made on Twitter.
 
And even though piles of money can get a pretty fancy lawyer on your side, the outlook is not so good.
 
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz denied a bid by Love to dismiss the lawsuit filed against her by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who claims that the star used Twitter to spread “an obsessive and delusional crusade” of libelous comments against her.
 
Love’s attorney argues that the lawsuit is unfounded because it infringes on their client’s right to free speech. However, the judge disagreed, saying that Love’s comments were not made to serve the public interest and that Simorangkir has a good chance of winning her case.
 
Sorry, Courtney, it seems that zingers like: “Oi vey don’t (expletive) with my wardrobe or you will end up in a circle of scorched earth hunted ‘til your dead” are easily misinterpreted.
 
Simorangkir’s lawyers told the LA Daily News that the ruling is reflective of Love’s public image. Love originally hired Simorangkir to create clothing for her after finding the designer on Etsy, an online fashion marketplace that specializes in independent designers.
 
However, Love backed out of their agreement after seeing Simorangkir’s invoice.
 
We'll be staying tuned. Love makes it impossible not to.

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