(Getty) Courtney Love (Getty)
In March of 2009, performer Courtney Love
made headlines when she launched a verbal online assault on independent designer Dawn Simorangkir
, with whom she was engaged in a conflict over alleged nonpayment.
An apparently infuriated Love raged via Twitter, MySpace and Etsy over the course of four days, writing (among other things): "She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!"
Simorangkir quickly filed a lawsuit against the oft-troubled musician, accusing Love of defamation. While there's little question as to whether Love wrote the offending Tweets, it's not yet clear if Courtney's use of social media can be classified as libel, as users may interpret Love's tweets as opinion, not fact.
According to the Hollywood Reporter,
Courtney's lawyer is arguing that his client's mental state was not "subjectively malicious" enough to warrant the suit. Basically, this is the "Courtney is essentially crazy when it comes to social media" defense. And, strangely enough, this might seem reasonable to anyone who followed Courtney on Twitter before she deleted her account.Browse Courtney Love's latest outfits (click any thumbnail below):