Courtney Love Forfeits Rights To Cobain's Image To Daughter
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has obtained the rights to her late father's name, likeness and appearance from Love. The 19-year-old's mother has stepped down as Acting Manager of End of Music LLC, the business in charge of the Nirvana leader's post-death publicity.
According to a report from addiction/recovery site The Fix, Love effectively agreed to lose control of Cobain's image once she received a $2.75 million loan in 2010 from her daughter's trust fund, which was then transferred to End of Music and Love's lawyers at the time. Until Love pays back the sum, she forfeits the rights to any profits made through Cobain's likeness, while Frances Bean now has final say in business matters involving her father's image. Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music, meanwhile, owns the entire administrative rights of Cobain's music, giving Love zero power to decide how it is used.
In 2009, Love lost legal custody of then-17-year-old Frances Bean, who cited her mother's use of "Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes" as just means for a restraining order. Last month, Frances Bean denied Love's Twitter claims that Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain's Nirvana bandmate, had ever made a sexual pass at the teenager.
"While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn," Frances Bean Cobain said in a statement. "I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother."