Courtney Love’s Tense Twitter Trial Sparks Tears Over Frances Bean
By Annie Reuter
According to SPIN, when the Hole singer took the stand to defend herself in the defamation case against her former attorney, Rhonda J. Holmes, Love claimed she had meant to send her former attorney a private message, not a tweet out to her millions of followers.
In June of 2010, Love accused Holmes of being “bought off” via Twitter.
“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,” Love tweeted from her account.
When asked on the witness stand if she considered tweeting a public retraction, she simply said, “It was so long ago. I don’t remember if I rectified it in that moment or not.”
Love said she originally reached out to Holmes in order to protect her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
“When asked how important Frances Bean’s well-being is to the defendant, her lip began to quiver and she teared up, avowing, ‘It’s the most important thing,’” SPIN reports.
As additional witnesses were brought to the stand, it became apparent that Love spends most of her time on Twitter. Former assistant Jessica Labrie said she met Love online and that most of their communication was virtual and by phone. Labrie was originally hired to monitor Love’s Twitter account, which included deleting posts when “she had tweeted too much bad things.”
Holmes is set to testify in the case in the coming weeks.
This is Love’s second time in court for a Twitter legal battle. In 2011, she became the first person sued over Twitter after designer Dawn Simorangkir sued her for defamation. On her Twitter account, Love allegedly described Simorangkir as a druggie prostitute with violent tendencies who stole from her. Love was ordered to pay Simorangkir a $430,000 settlement.