Courtney Love thankful after winning defamation case against lawyer

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Courtney Love has won a Twitter-related defamatory case against her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes and for that she is thankful, the singer herself tweeted.

On Friday, following the court’s decision, Love wrote, “I can’t thank you enough Dongell Lawrence Finney LLP, the most incredible law firm on the planet. We won this epic battle. #justiceprevails”

The case, filed by Holmes’ camp in May 2011, circles around Love’s series of tweets allegedly implying that Holmes was “bought off” as authorities were investigating on the management of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s estate.

According to Love, the tweet, which reads, “I was f***ing devestated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes esq of San Diego was bought off. I’ve been hiring and firing lawyers to help me with this,” was supposed to be private, and when she realized that it was not, she deleted it immediately.

After eight days of prosecution, the court’s 12-person jury decided that the tweet was not defamatory. The tweet may have contained “false information” about Holmes, but the Hole singer did not know if there really was truth to it.

Of the verdict, Holmes’ attorney, Mitch Langberg, told Spin, “I am disappointed. But I am happy that the jury did believe the statements about Rhonda were false. At the end of the day her biggest asset is her reputation.”

Meanwhile, before the verdict was announced, Love told Spin, “I feel good. I am relieved. I am really happy to have had good counsel for the first time in 24 years.” However, Love was not in the courtroom when the decision was called.

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