Who knew incoherent gibberish could be so costly?! Courtney Love’s babbling verbal annihilation of a designer in a series of Twitter postings that went viral on the Web last year will cost the already cash-strapped star $430,000 after one of the nation’s first Twitter-centered defamation lawsuits. The groundbreaking case examined whether online social media can be held to the same libel standards as traditional news.
On Thursday, Love agreed to settle her suit with fashionista Dawn Simonrangkir, who claimed her career was ambushed by defamatory tweets written by Love, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In 2009, Love and Simorangkir began feuding because Love owed the designer money for clothes. Instead of ponying up the dough, Love went on several social media sites and posted the disparaging remarks about Simorangkir.Love launched a 20-minute Twitter rampage against the designer that included posts that referred to Simorangkir as a “drug-pushing prostitute” and an “asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief.”
Love insisted her online comments were opinion, and therefore protected under law.
“The amount of the settlement says it all,” Simorangkir’s attorney Bryan Freedman told The Reporter. “Her reprehensible defamatory comments were completely false and $430,000 is quite a significant way to say I am sorry. One would hope that, given this disaster, restraint of pen, tongue and tweet would guide Ms. Love’s future conduct.”
Simorangkir was initially seeking millions of dollars in damages, but ultimately settled for what Love’s counsel James Janowitz called “a modest sum.”
Janowitz says the debt will be paid off in a series of payments over the next three years.
So will Love continue to express herself so eloquently on Twitter?
“I don’t think she’s using it anymore,” told The Reporter after today’s settlement announcement. “But I could be wrong.”