Lawyer’s Defamation Suit Against Courtney Love over Tweet May Be Headed to Trial
Posted Feb 17, 2012 11:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A California judge has tentatively ruled against Courtney Love’s argument in a defamation suit that her Twitter posts are statements of opinion rather than fact.
Love’s former lawyers, Frederic Gordon and Rhonda Holmes of San Diego, had sued the rocker over this tweet: "I was f------ devastated when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off.” The lawyers claim Love wrote the defamatory tweet after she hired them, fired them, and then sought unsuccessfully to rehire them.
The tentative decision by Judge Ramona See of California found that the tweet "may be reasonably interpreted by the average reader as a statement of fact,” according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. Facts may be libelous, the column explains, while opinions are not.
According to the story, “The case continues and looks headed to a jury trial.”