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California jury clears singer Courtney Love of Twitter libel

Published on Jan 25, 2014 2:32 PM
 
Singer Courtney Love attends Jony And Marc's (RED) Auction at Sotheby's in New York, on Nov 23, 2013. A California jury has cleared singer-actress Courtney Love of libelling her former lawyer on Twitter in a defamation case believed to be the first to reach trial in the United States over comments published on the social media network. -- FILE PHOTOT: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A California jury has cleared singer-actress Courtney Love of libelling her former lawyer on Twitter in a defamation case believed to be the first to reach trial in the United States over comments published on the social media network.

The verdict was returned by the 12-member Los Angeles County Superior Court jury after about four hours of deliberations, capping a nearly two-week trial.

A lawsuit brought against Love in May 2011 claimed she had committed libel by falsely suggesting in a 2010 tweet that a lawyer who represented her in planned litigation against the estate of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, had been bribed to quit that case.

The tweet at issue claimed that the plaintiff, Ms Rhonda Holmes, had been "bought off". Ms Holmes sought US$8 million (S$10.2 million) in compensatory damages in her libel claim.

 
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