Courtney Love’s Twitter Lawsuit With Fashion Designer Could Set Legal Precedent

According To PopEater:

Courtney Love has again found herself at the center of a legal frenzy. But this time the case against her is being called “groundbreaking” and could set a legal precedent for whether celebrities (or anyone, really) can be found libel for intentionally putting untrue or defamatory statements on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Love is being sued by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who is claiming that a stream of insulting and false tweets from the Hole rocker in mid-March of 2009 destroyed her reputation and cost her millions in lost revenue. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Love’s tweets allegedly branded Simorangkir “a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love’s fame before stealing from her.”

The lawsuit, which goes before a judge and jury in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, represents the first defamation suit brought against a celebrity because of comments made on Twitter. “There has never been anything like this case before,” Simorangkir’s attorney Bryan Freedman told THR.

The case is of particular importance because it will establish whether a public figure’s comments on Twitter should be held to the same libel laws that apply to the news media or if tweets should be given, as defamation expert Alonzo Wickers explained to THR, “the same latitude as an op-ed piece or a letter to the editor.”



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