Courtney Love responds to twitter defamation claim
- Simorangkir "repeatedly asked Love both to partake in and to procure cocaine, Percoset, and other illegal and prescription drugs for herself and her husband, and she discussed both her past drug use and drug dealing."
- "After Love described some of the emotions and personal stories that led her to write (the song "Teenage Whore"), Simorangkir told her that she had worked in the past as a prostitute..."
- Simorangkir "also exhibited racist, homophobic, and generally mean-spirited behavior with Love"
These are just some of the allegations in one of the nastiest motions we've ever seen. It's unclear what sort of legal weight these new provocations carry. Love seems to have a better chance if she sticks to "free speech" arguments and traditional defenses against defamation. For instance, in the motion, Love says,
"As a musician and artist, I believe strongly in free speech rights, and I further believe strongly in the right of consumers to publicly warn other consumers about unscrupulous vendors. I live my life in the public eye, and I maintain both a MySpace page and Twitter page to ensure that my personal perspective on the events of my life is publicized rather than the viewpoint of someone else. For these reasons I made several comments in March 2009 on the Etsy consumer feedback page for Simorangkir in which I described how Simorangkir had manipulated her personal relationship with me to steal hundreds of thousands of textiles, vintage clothing, and related raw materials from me to use for her own ends."