Courtney Love has settled her Twitter defamation lawsuit with fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir for $430,000. In March of 2009, Courtney Love let loose a string of nasty tweets about Simorangkir, calling her, among other things "a 52 year old desperate cokes [sic] ass" and a "nasty, lying, hosebag thief." It was apparently an argument over some clothes.
When Simorangkir subsequently sued for defamation, we were excited about the possibility of a precedent-setting case, which would determine just how seriously, exactly, one was to take the late-night brainfarts of an addled celebrity. And we were so looking forward to the debate over whether "hosebag thief" could be considered an implied factual statement, and whether everyone who retweeted Love might be guilty of libel. But Love paid Simorangkir $430,000 to make the lawsuit go away. And, alas, now that Love seems to be off Twitter for good, the key legal questions of our time remain unresolved until the next celebrity loses their shit on Twitter.