Courtney Love has always been a trailblazer and a woman of firsts. She was the first lady of grunge and more recently, the the first celeb to stand trial over tweets. And now she’s the first celebrity to be sued over a defamatory statement made on Pinterest! Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir has filed suit against Love over defamatory comments the singer made on the social network site, including
“”You stole 36 bags of clothing on cctv” and
“You stole 36 bags of my txtiles and designs and are still using my designs.”
The lawsuit also refers to comments that Love made on the Howard Stern show accusing Simorangkir of stealing and of being a prostitute.
So what did Dawn Simorangkir do to incur the wrath of Courtney? Well, the designer, who has her own line of clothing called ‘Boudoir Queen’ consisting of 1920s-inspired dresses and intricate corsets, was once in Love’s good books. In fact, Love had been a devoted fan of Simorangkir’s designs, wearing custom pieces created for her and shopping Boudoir Queen’s Etsy shop. Things turned sour when, according to Simorangkir, Love refused to pay up for several thousand dollars worth of clothing. And as we all know, hell hath no fury like Courtney Love scorned (just ask Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna). The singer unleashed a tirade of abuse aimed at Simorangkir on twitter back in 2009 including;
“She’s a drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child.”
Yes, we know, pot, kettle, black….
Simorangkir did file a lawsuit at the time but the dispute never got to trial because Love agreed to pay $430,000 to Simorangkir to settle it. But Courtney just couldn’t let it slide. She move from Twitter to Pinterest and continued her abuse of Simorangkir on the social media website resulting in the latest lawsuit against her.
It’s a win/win for Simorangkir. The lawsuit is generating publicity for her brand and her name as a designer is spreading across the globe. And, let’s face it, nobody really puts much stock in Love’s social media rants so it’s unlikely her reputation will be damaged to any great degree. No publicity is bad publicity!
The judge has set a conference for late April, presumably to give the parties time to settle again. We’re guessing it will. Until the next time Courtney!