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Love loses out on Twitter case

Courtney Love has had to pay a substantial out-of-court settlement to Dawn Simorangkir for a series of "menacing and disturbing" tweets about the designer in 2009.

Simorangkir's lawyer, Bryan Freedman, triumphantly said: "Her (Love's) reprehensible defamatory comments were completely false and $430,000 (£265,000) is quite a significant way to say I am sorry. One would hope that, given this disaster, restraint of pen, tongue and tweet would guide Ms Love's future conduct."

However, Love's lawyer, James Janowitz stated: "Because of the extended payout it's a modest settlement. They got out with an amount that left them bragging rights but nothing else."

If the case had gone to trial it would have made history as the first high-profile case over Twitter defamation, and set a legal precedent for future cases.

The Hole frontwoman tweeted that Simorangkir was an "asswipe nasty lying hosebag thief" amongst other things.

The full settlement deal will be announced next week according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Love now mainly uses Facebook over Twitter. 

Watch vintage footage of Courtney Love being interviewed on BBC2's  'Later ... with Jools Holland' below: