Courtney Love is headed to court on January 18 in LA to kick off the first round of celebrity Twitter trials. It seems the Hole frontwoman was holding out on fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, known as the "Boudoir Queen," who wanted to be paid for a few thousand dollars worth of clothes she had provided Love with.
So on St. Patrick's Day in 2009, Love filled her Twitter feed with some pretty scurrilous invective, accusing Simorangkir of being a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery, 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!" Love tweeted.
This will be the first high-profile defamation trial over a celebrity's comments on Twitter, and one in which Love herself is scheduled to testify, which could be interesting. And this could be a benchmark case. Defamation expert Alonzo Wickers said, "I'll be interested to see if the court gives people posting on Twitter more latitude than other media. The way Twitter is evolving, it seems to be more of a means to express opinion. I would hope courts give tweets the same latitude as they do an op-ed piece or a letter to the editor."