Courtney Love Ordered to Pay $96K in Twitter Defamation Case
Here's incontrovertible proof that Courtney Love is as unique as they come: On the same day that the singer got a victory in court by denying a new trial to one person she allegedly defamed on Twitter, a judge ordered her to pay nearly $96,000 to a second person she allegedly defamed on Twitter.
Way back in early 2009, Love became the first celebrity to be sued over tweets. The plaintiff in the case was Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer who became the target of Love's rants. But before the case ever got to trial, Love and Simorangkir settled the case for nearly $450,000.
Love made the first five payments, totaling $350,000. But she missed her $50,000 payment due last January. And so, Simorangkir's attorney brought a motion to enforce the settlement, which resulted in a judge's decision on Tuesday to enter a judgment of $95,714.20 -- the remaining balance -- in Simorangkir's favor.
Coincidentally, the judgment came just a short time after a different Los Angeles Superior Court judge held a hearing to determine whether a new trial would be granted to attorney Rhonda Holmes against Love.
Holmes also took issue with statements that Love made her way on Twitter, and this past January, the rock star faced a jury. After a trail-blazing trial, she prevailed against Holmes.
Afterwards, Holmes' attorneys argued that Love's comment during the trial, "I don't think (Holmes) took a bribe," was a concession of actual malice since she had tweeted, "I was f***ing devastated when Rhonda J. Holmes esq. of san diego was bought off."
But a judge in the case said at a hearing on Tuesday that the jury's verdict was "right on the money," and the finding of no malice was "entirely appropriate."
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