Courtney Love settles Twitter defamation case for $430k

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, March 6, 2011 10:41 EDT
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US rocker Courtney Love apologized Friday to a fashion designer she allegedly defamed on Twitter, after agreeing to pay $430,000 to settle the legal dispute, according to a lawyer.

In a rare high-profile legal test involving the micro-blogging site, Love said she regretted making “harsh statements” about Dawn Simorangkir, whom she had described as a “coke whore” and a liar among other things.

“I am glad to have this behind us. I have always considered Dawn to be a talented designer. I am sorry for what happened. I sincerely wish her the best,” Love said in a statement.

Simorangkir sued the Hole frontwoman in 2009, accusing her of making false statements about the designer on Twitter and MySpace, after the pair fell out following discussions over custom clothing designs.

The dispute had been due to go court, but hearings were repeatedly delayed, before Friday’s announcement of an out-of-court settlement.

Simorangkir’s lawyer Bryan J. Freedman stressed that the financial settlement was the most powerful admission of wrongdoing.

“When somebody comes up to my client and says ‘Are you a sleazebag whore?’ like Courtney Love said, my client can say not only am I not but..the evidence for it is that (Love) paid $430,000 as a result of making that statement.”

“It’s a much more meaningful apology than frankly a Tweet in response or any other type of response,” he told AFP.

A statement by Love’s office did not confirm the amount, but noted that the singer had once been one of Simorangkir’s “strongest supporters.”

“Regrettably, Ms. Love had made harsh statements about Ms. Simorangkir resulting in a law suit for defamation,” it added, while giving links to the designer’s website and naming an online retailer where her work can be bought.

Love has had a long history of debt, arrests over drugs and parole violations since her partner Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27, near the height of the grunge-rock band’s success.

[Image via whittlz, Creative Commons licensed]

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