Courtney Love's Legal Nemesis Seeks To Force Frances Bean Cobain Testimony

The lawsuit alleging that Courtney Love defamed one of her former lawyers on Twitter has taken another strange twist.

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After making unflattering comments about her mother in the press, will the teenager have to provide "character evidence" in the ongoing Twitter defamation lawsuit?

Late last month, Rhonda Holmes' law firm served a deposition subpoena on Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, hoping to follow up on comments that Cobain has made in the press about her mother's behavior. The law firm also sought sealed documents in Cobain's old guardianship proceedings.

The subpoena triggered angry letters back and forth between Cobain's legal counsel and Frederic Gordon, Holmes' law partner.

Cobain, 19, insists she knows nothing relevant to Holmes' defamation lawsuit against Love. Cobain says that in 2010, when Love tweeted about Gordon, she was in the custody of her grandmother and aunt and had no contact with her mother or any knowledge about the tweets in question. She now is seeking a protective order against the deposition and looking to sanction Gordon & Holmes.

The case has been provocative from the start. Love is on the verge of becoming the first celebrity to stand trial in the U.S. for statements made on Twitter. This actually is the second time she's been sued over an alleged defamatory tweet. The first lawsuit, brought by a fashion designer, promised to explore the boundaries of fact versus opinion in a casual setting like Twitter and what damages would look like when millions of people are exposed to a possibly libelous comment. On the eve of trial, the case settled.

But Love couldn't stay away from Twitter and is now facing allegations that she defamed her former attorney by tweeting, "I was f---ing devastated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off."

The lawsuits haven't stopped Love's social media habits. In April, in response to yet more curious tweets sent out by Love, Cobain released a statement that said in part, "Twitter should ban my mother."

Gordon & Holmes now wants Cobain to submit to a videotaped deposition to be used in the ongoing tweet-defamation case over a "variety of statements [made by Cobain] reported in the media regarding the defendant."

That has drawn a response from Cobain's attorney, Bryan Freedman, who ironically is the same lawyer who pursued Love in the first tweet-defamation case. In the motion for a protective order, Freedman writes that what Gordon & Holmes is seeking is "inadmissible and nondiscoverable character evidence regarding Love" and that Gordon admitted as much during the meet-and-confer process.

Freedman says he was told by the other attorney, "I am somewhat surprised that you believe that the defendant's habitual defamatory remarks regarding multiple individuals would somehow not be relevant to the four corners of this litigation."

On behalf of Cobain, Freedman also is seeking to protect against the production of documents in what the plaintiffs have called "emancipation" proceedings (Love reportedly lost control of her daughter in court in a 2009 custody battle and also lost publicity rights connected to her late husband, Kurt Cobain, to her daughter.)

A judge soon will decide whether to issue a protective order and accept the teenager's word that contact between mother and daughter had gone cold in 2010.

Recently, that same judge allowed the attorney representing Love to withdraw from the case after he reported a "complete breakdown" in client communications. Should he have tried Twitter?

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    Agent 00Awesome wrote: Is that Dave Mustaine in drag?
    Hey now, no need to insult Mustaine by comparing him to Courtney Love.
    Mikethespud wrote: Did anyone else get completely lost while reading this
    I honestly hate legal jargon.
    When will Courtney Love just overdose and die already?! No one cares about this skank!!!
    Mikethespud wrote: Did anyone else get completely lost while reading this
    I'm with ya... I have NO idea what the hell I just read..
    OxMxGxTACOS wrote: Mikethespud wrote: Did anyone else get completely lost while reading this I'm with ya... I have NO idea what the hell I just read..
    translation: courtney is a hole, lawyers squabble over who said what, Frances saves the day.
    Its insane.And poor frances gets dragged into all this shit. BUT for once I am on Courtneys side. I dont think people should necessarily be allowed to be sued over defamatory statements made on twitter (with certain exceptions). Freedom of speech should always prevail, even if that freedom protects a lunatic like Courtney Love. Whats more is how on earth are the lawyers going to prove they lost business as a result of her statement??(Any USA lawyers on this site?)