Jury Clears Courtney Love In Twibel Trial

Jury Clears Courtney Love In Twibel Trial
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Courtney Love is off the hook in her so-called "Twibel" trial. The rocker was forced to stand trial in Los Angeles over the past week over a Twitter message her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes says was defamatory in nature. A jury ruled otherwise Friday, bringing an end to the history-making trial. Lasting all of eight days, it was the first trial to test whether someone can be defamed by remarks made on Twitter.

In the 2010 tweet, Love said Holmes was "bought off" after she apparently walked away from case involving the estate of Love's late husband, rocker Kurt Cobain. In earlier statements and sometimes tearful testimony throughout the trial, Love said the tweet was accidentally made public and that it was meant to be sent as a direct message to a limited audience. Holmes sued for libel in 2011, seeking eight-million dollars in damages. After three-and-a-half hours of deliberation Friday, the jury found that Love did not act with malice when she sent the tweet.