Courtney Love Sued Yet Again For Twitter-Based Defamation
from the step-away-from-the-keyboad dept
A couple years ago, singer Courtney Love made a lot of news for being one of the first people sued for defamation for comments made via Twitter. While Love’s lawyers had toyed with a “Twitter-made-me-do-it” defense, she eventually paid a rather stunning $430,000 settlement. I would guess that large settlement number has something to do with someone else deciding that some nasty comments from Love on Twitter rose to the level of defamation. Apparently Love’s former attorney Rhonda Holmes is now suing her for defamation via Twitter due to Love’s tweet:
I was fucking devastated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off […]”
The backstory, apparently, is that Holmes had asked Love to avoid “any and all substance abuse” while Holmes was representing Love. Love then stopped using them, then later sought to have Holmes represent her again, but Holmes’ firm declined. Sometime after that, the above tweet was posted. While the claim may be false and defamatory, the whole thing seems pretty silly. First of all, it assumes that anyone took Love’s comment seriously. I think anyone who knows of Love wouldn’t put too much credibility into such a claim. Holmes claims that this has caused damage to her legal career, but that seems like a stretch. And, frankly, which seems likely to do more damage to your legal career: a passing tweet from someone with little credibility… or a lawyer suing a former client over said tweet? Lawyers suing former clients tends not to be a good advertisement for the law firms in question.