Courtney Love Sued for Libel by Former Lawyer

Attorney claims to have incurred the wrath of the Hole ma’am after ending their professional relationship

Last Updated: May 27, 2011 @ 7:16 AM

You'd think that the attorneys of the world would know by now that representing Courtney Love will only lead to headaches.

The former "Hole" singer was slapped with a libel and invasion of privacy lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday by her former attorneys, Frederic L. Gordon and Rhonda J. Holmes. According to the suit, Love hired the pair to represent her in a fraud case. The singer ended up switching attorneys but chose to go back to Gordon and Holmes, only to be rebuffed — in part, the suit says, because their agreement to represent her was contingent on Love being sober, and they couldn't be sure of her sobriety at the time.

Because of the rejection, the suit claims, Love "became angry and vengeful," and "published 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."

Among the supposedly derogatory statements? Love tweeted a message saying "I was f–ing devastated when Rhonda J. Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off" from representing Love. Love also said in an interview that Holmes "disappeared" after someone "got to her" and convinced Holmes not to represent Love.

Because of the comments, the suit alleges, business for the pair's law firm, Gordon & Holmes, was damaged.

The pair are suing for unspecified general, special and punitive damages, plus court costs and attorneys' fees.

A representative for Love did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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