Courtney Love Pays $430K In Twitter Defamation Suit
Simorangkir and Love met in February 2009 to discuss some custom clothing designs from her label Boudoir Queen. A month or so later, the designer started complaining that Love owed her a few thousand dollars in payment. Instead of, well, paying her, Love took to her Twitter account, where she called Simorangkir (in so many words) “a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on Love’s fame before stealing from her.” Love also posted on her MySpace and in the comments of online boutiques like Etsy where Simorangkir’s items were sold. And in March 2009, Simorangkir sued Love for defamation.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the case had finally been settled — and publicly at that.
Freedman confirmed that a settlement had been reached, and said Love’s attorneys had hoped to keep it confidential.
“In order to show the world the comments were derogatory and completely illegal, it was imperative to my client to have the settlement be public,” [Simorangkir's attorney] said.
The attorney said a public statement will be issued next week, but the nearly $430,000, plus interest, that Love is required to pay, reflects the seriousness of the case.
“Personally I think $430,000 is an appropriate way to say she’s sorry,” [he] said.
The case was considered the first case in which someone’s Tweets could be considered libel.