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Courtney Love in 'hosebag thief' Twitter libel suit

The singer allegedly twitters some unpleasant things about her former fashion designer. The designer, whose feelings appear to be hurt, has decided to sue for libel.

Courtney Love is in a hole.

It appears that her temper, which occasionally flares wider than her nostrils, seems to have attracted a libel suit--the first libel suit, as far as I am aware, to have been engendered by Twitter tweets.

The person who believes she has been besmirched beyond all reasonable social networking is Dawn Simorangkir, Ms. Love's former fashion designer.

Some might say that Ms. Love's style is less a feast for the eyes and slightly more an evening meal for a friendly pet. But she appears, according to the court documents, to have had a falling-out with Ms. Simorangkir over, oh, you'll never guess, money. Which led to a barrage of rather uncharitable socially networked comments.

According to the complaint, Ms. Love spewed forth "an obsessive and delusional crusade" on Twitter, as well as tossing barbed words on MySpace and other Web sites.

I know you're rapt to know what kind melodies she is said to have emitted on Twitter. Well, the phrase "nasty, lying, hosebag thief" seems to have been tweeted. As well as a suggestion that the designer would be "hunted til your (sic) dead."

This is someone dressed as Courtney Love at a Halloween party. I thought she did rather well. CC Attercop 311

While these seem like the starting point for some interesting rhyming couplets, they allegedly come across as personally scarring and business-affecting to Ms. Simorangkir.

You'll perhaps be aware that Ms. Love has enjoyed one or two scrapes with the law in the past. Once, she appears to have lived in lock-down drug rehabilitation. So perhaps it is unfortunate that she is said to have tweeted that her former designer has a "history of dealing cocaine."

Ms. Simorangkir and her lawyers, in an interesting counterpunch, indicate that some of the defendant action's might themselves be put down to suspicious substances. They muse as to whether "drug-induced psychosis" might have inspired some of Ms. Love's more venomous tweets.

This is all so sad. We all need to have good relations with our designers. What a difficult world it would be if others were now encouraged to tweet their own designer displeasure.

Will bankers now tweet dirty words against Brooks Brothers for making their employment obvious in bars? Will advertising executives tweet that Prada makes them look fat? And where will this leave relations between Valley executives and Banana Republic?

I see a slippery slope. One that neither high heels nor tight jodhpurs can possibly navigate.