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Locals Suing Courtney Love (Who Once Got Me Fired By Larry Flynt)

Yeah, I only look at Courtney Love’s Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/courtneyloveuk ) when she gets sued over her tweets (as happened a few months ago when she allegedly defamed fashion maven Dawn Simorangkir).

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This time, she caught my attention by ticking off a local law firm, Gordon & Holmes. Love’s tweet mentioned lawyer Rhonda Holmes, who previously represented Love.

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The tweet is only excerpted in the lawsuit filing: "I was f*ing devastated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off…"

Holmes’ law firm filed suit against Love on Thursday, May 26, alleging libel, false light invasion of privacy, and intentional interference with a prospective economic advantage.

Holmes represented Love in a "fraud litigation" case described in the current lawsuit as "represent[ing] her in the pursuit of money and property allegedly stolen from her late husband's estate."

During this period (2008 to 2009), according to the lawsuit, Holmes asked Love to "remain clean and sober" and refrain from "any and all substance abuse" during their attorney-client relationship.

"Plaintiffs' representation of Love was conditioned up Love refraining from any and all substance abuse for at least the duration of plaintiffs' and Love's attorney-client relationship. There was never any indication Love honored this condition. On information and belief, the imposition of this condition (the requirement Love remain clean and sober throughout the course of Love's and plaintiffs' attorney-client relationship) caused Love to become angry with plaintiffs."

Love then fired the firm, only to contact them a few months later to ask for their legal assistance once again.

Holmes says she declined to renew her association with Love, mainly due (according to the current lawsuit) "to the lack of any indication Love would honor the condition to refrain from substance abuse."

After which Love’s tweet, as well as statements Love made in an online interview, are alleged in the lawsuit to have damaged Holmes’ professional reputation.

Image Love’s other alleged defamation against Holmes is said to have occurred in an interview with the New York Post that appeared on their website in July 2010. In that interview, Love said "I've been hiring and firing lawyers to help me," mentioning a female attorney who doesn’t take her calls because "they got to her."

Love’s public comments, according to the lawsuit, constitute "malicious, false, and libelous statements about Holmes, using her [Love's] fame and influence to reach millions of people in attempt to cause irreparable damage to plaintiffs' business, name, and reputation."

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of both the law firm and Holmes. Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified punitive damages.

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Now allow me to state for the record my own personal bias here. First of all, Courtney Love once got me fired from a great cartooning gig by none other than Larry Flynt…

Flynt’s 1990s rock mag Rip is where I first launched my comic strip Rock Tales, before it ended up at Spin Magazine (where it still runs on the inside back cover of every issue).

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After around a year of doing the two-page Rock Tales strips, I turned one in mocking Courtney Love called "12 Steps to Stardom" - little did I know that Rip publisher Larry Flynt had just arranged for Love to play his wife in the movie The People VS Larry Flynt.

Flynt took one look at my Love strip and fired me on the spot (it finally saw print years later in a short-lived San Diego mag called Real Deal) – here ‘tis:

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Published between 1986 and 1996, RIP magazine was heralded as the finest hard rock/heavy metal publication of its day. RIP's coverage of the bands that ruled, tooled and fueled the decade of decadence earned it the nickname "Bible of the Bang" and was hailed by fans and artists alike. Rip continued for several years before finally falling victim to the same low circulation killing most newsstand mags.

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Yeah, I only look at Courtney Love’s Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/courtneyloveuk ) when she gets sued over her tweets (as happened a few months ago when she allegedly defamed fashion maven Dawn Simorangkir).

Image

This time, she caught my attention by ticking off a local law firm, Gordon & Holmes. Love’s tweet mentioned lawyer Rhonda Holmes, who previously represented Love.

Image

The tweet is only excerpted in the lawsuit filing: "I was f*ing devastated (sic) when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off…"

Holmes’ law firm filed suit against Love on Thursday, May 26, alleging libel, false light invasion of privacy, and intentional interference with a prospective economic advantage.

Holmes represented Love in a "fraud litigation" case described in the current lawsuit as "represent[ing] her in the pursuit of money and property allegedly stolen from her late husband's estate."

During this period (2008 to 2009), according to the lawsuit, Holmes asked Love to "remain clean and sober" and refrain from "any and all substance abuse" during their attorney-client relationship.

"Plaintiffs' representation of Love was conditioned up Love refraining from any and all substance abuse for at least the duration of plaintiffs' and Love's attorney-client relationship. There was never any indication Love honored this condition. On information and belief, the imposition of this condition (the requirement Love remain clean and sober throughout the course of Love's and plaintiffs' attorney-client relationship) caused Love to become angry with plaintiffs."

Love then fired the firm, only to contact them a few months later to ask for their legal assistance once again.

Holmes says she declined to renew her association with Love, mainly due (according to the current lawsuit) "to the lack of any indication Love would honor the condition to refrain from substance abuse."

After which Love’s tweet, as well as statements Love made in an online interview, are alleged in the lawsuit to have damaged Holmes’ professional reputation.

Image Love’s other alleged defamation against Holmes is said to have occurred in an interview with the New York Post that appeared on their website in July 2010. In that interview, Love said "I've been hiring and firing lawyers to help me," mentioning a female attorney who doesn’t take her calls because "they got to her."

Love’s public comments, according to the lawsuit, constitute "malicious, false, and libelous statements about Holmes, using her [Love's] fame and influence to reach millions of people in attempt to cause irreparable damage to plaintiffs' business, name, and reputation."

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of both the law firm and Holmes. Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified punitive damages.

Image

Now allow me to state for the record my own personal bias here. First of all, Courtney Love once got me fired from a great cartooning gig by none other than Larry Flynt…

Flynt’s 1990s rock mag Rip is where I first launched my comic strip Rock Tales, before it ended up at Spin Magazine (where it still runs on the inside back cover of every issue).

Image

After around a year of doing the two-page Rock Tales strips, I turned one in mocking Courtney Love called "12 Steps to Stardom" - little did I know that Rip publisher Larry Flynt had just arranged for Love to play his wife in the movie The People VS Larry Flynt.

Flynt took one look at my Love strip and fired me on the spot (it finally saw print years later in a short-lived San Diego mag called Real Deal) – here ‘tis:

Image

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Published between 1986 and 1996, RIP magazine was heralded as the finest hard rock/heavy metal publication of its day. RIP's coverage of the bands that ruled, tooled and fueled the decade of decadence earned it the nickname "Bible of the Bang" and was hailed by fans and artists alike. Rip continued for several years before finally falling victim to the same low circulation killing most newsstand mags.

Image

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RELATED ARTICLES ON THE READER WEBSITE:

Rockin’ Lawsuits: Local Music Venues in Court

Lawyers, Songs & Money: Local Bands in Court

Pain And Suffering: Locals Suing Over Concert Events

Worst In Rock: Celebs In SD Find Legal Trouble In Paradise

Battle of the Bouncers: Local Firms Fight for the Right to Bounce You

Which One's Pink? The One Suing Local Pink Floyd Tribute Bands

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Yeah, it seems like someone may be a little upset that their comic strip gig/writing gig didn't pen, no pun! out too well. Larry Flynt? Really? Like personally and stuff? I'm not trying to be redundant, but Larry Flynt himself on behalf of Courtney Love got you fired, now that IS a story. Blog on!

June 2, 2011

Actually panned/penned out VERY well! Flynt's Rip Magazine went under in 1996, while Spin Magazine -- founded by Flynt's rival Bob Guccione Jr., publisher of Penthouse -- is still running Rock Tales to this day!

Flynt not only fired me personally, but I'm told I was the FIRST person he fired after returning to his desk for the first time in several years, having handed over the day-to-day publishing reins while he battled various ailments and worked on personal projects (such as the bio film, I imagine).

Since I also did a comic strip called Oui's Carnal Comics for Oui Magazine, founded by Playboy honcho Hugh Hefner, I guess I've cartooned for the nation's three biggest newsstand pornographers. Only one of them always paid on time (probably not hard to guess which one) --

June 2, 2011

Holmes and her law firm are going to be fighting an uphill battle. But the purpose of the lawsuit may not be to win anyhting, but to be a nuisance lawsuit to Love, forcing Love to spend money to defend it.

It might also verge on the edges of being a SLAPP lawsuit-and if a court disisses it under the Anti-SLAPP codes Holmes is going to be out big bucks.......and sueing somoene over a tweet about being "bought off" is dangerously close to frivioulus litigation.........

June 2, 2011

Why would it be any of the lawyer's business what their client may or may not be imbibing in the privacy of their own home? If she were representing Ms. Love in criminal court, on drug charges for example, it would certainly be good advice, but a condition of representation? Ridiculous.

June 2, 2011

Love has been testifying in her defense for the Twitter defamation lawsuit initiated by her San Diego-based former attorney Rhonda J. Holmes. Love Tweeted about Holmes in 2010, writing that Holmes had been "bought off...I was f***ing devestated [sic] when Rhonda J Holmes esq of San Diego was bought off. I've been hiring and firing lawyers to help me with this." More witnesses are scheduled to testify this week.

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