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Courtney Love pays $430,000 to settle Twitter-insult lawsuit

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…specifically, a threatened lawsuit for calling someone an "asswipe" on Twitter. After getting in a feud with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir over some money, Love tweeted a twenty-minute rant about her nemesis, including the (unprovable?) allegation that Simorangkir was an "asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief."

Which is not a nice thing to say. But I'm unsure why Simorangkir was then able to legally pressure Love out of $430,000. The Hollywood Reporter says that "[t]he fashion designer… pointed to Love’s influence as an entertainer and the power of social media to disseminate damaging comments…" But doesn't the First Amendment protect even wealthy, profane grunge widows?

I mean, only a week ago, a judge threw out a lawsuit brought against Jerry Seinfeld by a cookbook author named Missy Chase Lapine. Lapine had alleged that Seinfeld's wife, Jessica, had ripped off Lapine's book, Deceptively Delicious, for a cookbook of her own. In response, Seinfeld had called Lapine a "wacko" and a "nutjob" in a bunch of late-night TV interviews. Lapine sued for slander, but to no avail. Maybe someone on Courtney Love's legal team just reasoned that Love might not make as attractive a witness as Jerry Seinfeld.