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Jury rules in favor of Courtney Love in Twitter libel case

By Corina Knoll

6:32 PM PST, January 24, 2014

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After less than three hours of deliberating, a Los Angeles jury ruled Friday that Courtney Love did not knowingly make a false statement about her former attorney on Twitter.

The libel suit -- which some have referred to as “Twibel” -- was filed by Rhonda Holmes, who had once acted as Love’s fraud litigation attorney.

The two parted ways and in 2010, Love posted a tweet that read,  “I was ... devastated when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of San Diego was bought off.”

The jury of six men and six women determined that although the statement did have a natural tendency to injure Holmes’ business, they did not believe Love knew the statement was untrue.

After the verdict, Love was elated and kissed and hugged her attorneys outside the courthouse. She called the trial “a really great learning experience.”

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corina.knoll@latimes.com