We know Twitter has revolutionised the way celebrities communicate with their fans and maintain their public image. With so many celebs boasting millions of followers, it even makes you question the role of a rep these days (of course, not all celebs have jumped on the social media bandwagon). So what happens when you’re famous and you let the world know what you really think about someone? You get into trouble. Case in point: Courtney Love.
The troubled star recently landed in hot water thanks to “a stream of insulting and false tweets” about fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir in mid-March 2009. The designer is suing Love because she thinks the tweets destroyed her reputation. Some of the offending tweets include, “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!” and Love called Simorangkir a “nasty lying hosebag thief”.
The lawsuit is the first of its kind — a defamation suit brought against a celebrity due to comments made on Twitter. Love’s account is currently suspended and the lawsuit will go before a judge and jury on Jan. 18.