Courtney Love has settled the “world’s first” Twitter libel case with a $430,000 (£264,000) payout, reports Mail Online.
The US singer conceded in the dispute to avert a court case after posting “false” claims about designer Dawn Simorangkir on Twitter and MySpace.
Love argued the comments should have counted as opinion but Simorangkir sued on the basis that they were “damaging” and influential given their source. The case had been scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles.
Simorangkir’s lawyer said: “[Love’s] reprehensible defamatory comments were completely false and $430,000 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 Miss Love’s future conduct.”
The UK’s own first ‘twibel’ case is set to take place later this year between New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns and ex-Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi – neither of whom lives in Britain – as libel tourism rears its head once again.
Freedom of speech campaigners have said such cases threaten to “stifle online communication through unsuited legislation”.
(Source: Mail Online)