Courtney Love, trailblazer

The rock star finds herself on the business end of the first-ever Twitter libel suit.

Published March 30, 2009 5:49PM (EDT)

In the category of "of course she is," Courtney Love has successfully powered her personal brand into a new technological age by becoming the first person ever to find herself on the business end of a Twitter-related libel suit. You can't make this stuff up, people.

Apparently, the widow Cobain has been Twittering away about her former fashion designer, Dawn Simorangkir, who claims that the former Hole frontwoman has publicly accused her -- succinctly, in messages of under 140 characters each! -- of being a "nasty, lying, hosebag thief," dealing cocaine, losing custody of her child, and being guilty of assault and burglary. She allegedly also threatened Simorangkir that she would be "hunted til your dead."

A brief search of what is purportedly Love's Twitter feed (though remember for both legal and moral reasons that it's really impossible to determine who writes these things), a longer version of the hosebag comment turns up, and it goes, "stay away well well away, and etsy cant wait tos e the backof her, so goodbye asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief, now for pleasant things."

In non-Twitter abuse, Love reportedly also wrote on a fashion site that Simorangkir is "the nastiest lying worst person I have ever known ... evil incarnate, vile horrible lying bitch."

Simorangkir filed suit against Love last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking punitive damages and accusing Love of carrying out an "obsessive and delusional crusade to destroy [her] reputation and her livelihood."

Apparently, the bad blood stems from Love allegedly failing to pay a bill, and Simorangkir refusing to make more clothes for her. But does it really matter how it started? In times of economic vulnerability and head-spinning technological advance, America craves predictability, dependability, reliability. And so we salute you, Courtney Love, and hope, as we have for well nigh 20 years, that you are getting whatever help you need.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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