Courtney Love to Settle Twitter Defamation Case

By Sara Dover
|  Friday, Mar 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 AM PDT
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Courtney Love is dishing out $430,000 to a designer who sued her for her comments on Twitter.

The wild songstress will soon settle the groundbreaking defamation case brought on by fashion designer Dawn Smorangkir, who said her career was ruined with Love's libelous tweets, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

"Personally, I think $430,000 is an appropriate way to say she's sorry,"  Simorangkir's attorney, Bryan J. Freedman, told The Associated Press.

The widow of rocker Kurt Cobain used to be a fan of Boudoir Queen, the name of the designer's line, and its lacy corsets and 1920s-inspired gowns. But the two had a falling out when Simorangkir alleged that Love failed to pay for thousands of dollars worth of clothing.

Using her Twitter account, Love retaliated with a stream of scathing remarks in 140 characters or less to her 40,000 followers for a four day period in 2009.

The case was watched closely not just for its eccentric starring celebrity but because of the unique legal issues involved about new media and Twitter.

Love's team defended that the statements did not lead to any damage, but Freedman argued that a celeb's tweets should be held at the same standard as any other media.

James Janowitz, Love's attorney, said he's happy with the outcome of the case.

"Because of the extended payout it's a modest settlement," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the designer has asked for "vastly more." "They got out with an amount that left them bragging rights but nothing else."

Love's former twitter account, @CourtneyLoveUK, is currently down.

Selected Reading: The Hollywood Reporter, The Associated Press, Boudoir Queen

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