Dawn Simorangkir, who designs Boudoir Queen, a line known for 1920s-inspired frocks and intricate corsets, is suing Courtney Love over defamatory tweets that she claims ruined her fashion career, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Back in March of 2009, Love tweeted something along the lines of that Simorangkir (her married name is Dawn Younger-Smith) was a “drug-pushing prostitute with a history of assault and battery who lost custody of her own child,” and that “she has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!”
Love had been a devoted fan of Simorangkir’s designs, wearing custom pieces created for her and shopping Boudoir Queen’s popular Etsy shop (more bitterness unraveled on Etsy as well). Things fell apart when, according to Simorangkir, Love refused to pay up for several thousand dollars worth of clothing.
We had some idea that things had gone sour between the two when a crazy commenter war broke out in a story we posted about Love’s love for Boudoir Queen and her Etsy shop. And even if Simorangkir’s career suffered after Love’s tweet-rade, she showed a lovely collection four months ago at Austin Fashion Week.
Now the case stands to make history as what THR is calling “the first high-profile defamation trial over a celebrity’s comments on Twitter.” The issue at hand is whether Love’s tweets, that went out to her 90,000+ followers, can be interpreted as facts or opinion.
“We don’t believe there’s any defamation, and even if there were defamatory statements, there was no damage,” Love’s attorney, James Janowitz, told THR.
While Love’s been pretty quiet on Twitter and her Tumblr, What Courtney Wore, lately, it should be interesting to watch this all play out.