Courtney Love's Ex-Attorney Makes Drug, Libel Claims
The libel suit claims Love was vengeful, malicious and unable to refrain from substance abuse, as Rhonda Holmes' lawyer tells The Fix.
Courtney Love could face stiff penalties for a no-show at a deposition in New York at 9:30 am tomorrow. "She runs the risk of sanctions,” says Frederic Gordon, who represents Love's ex-attorney Rhonda Holmes in her libel suit against Love, which also contains substance abuse allegations. “We went to the trouble to go to New York," Gordon tells The Fix. "If she doesn't show up, she'll have to come to Los Angeles. We are left with the expenses and she should have to pay."
Holmes represented Courtney from late 2008 to spring 2009 over allegations made by the singer relating to fraud and stolen property. She was replaced by Keith A. Fink (who filed suit against Courtney himself this year for non-payment). But Love became unhappy with Fink and tried to return to Holmes in fall 2009. Holmes states in her complaint that one reason she decided not to represent Love again was "Due to the lack of any indication Love would honor the condition to refrain from substance abuse for at least the duration of Plaintiff's and Love's attorney-client relationship."
The complaint alleges that Love then "became angry and vengeful toward Plaintiffs for their refusal to represent her, and Love therefore in retaliation against Plaintiffs, published malicious, false and libelous statements, using her fame and influence to reach millions of people in an attempt to cause irreparable damage to Plaintiffs' business, name and reputation." This includes a claim that Love libeled Holmes on Twitter by saying the attorney had taken bribes and disappeared: “I was fucking devastated when Rhonda J. Holmes of San Diego was bought off. Perhaps you can get a quote,” Love tweeted in 2010. A month later she told she told the New York Post, “They got to her. She’s disappeared.”
Speaking with The Fix, Frederic Gordon describes Love’s public outcries as "despicable," and full of falsehoods. “Courtney is a woman who doesn't think she has to act by the same rules," he says. "It's denigrating to others. She lives her life as though she's outside the boundaries and rates. She doesn't rate. Her self-destructive, outrageous behavior, from rants to raves about everything—it’s to her own self-gratification. She’s so self-absorbed, she thinks to 'what is useful for me?'" He adds, “I don’t believe that people who are celebrities like Courtney can act by their own rules.”
Love has no legal representation in Los Angeles Superior Court for three cases filed against her, including non-payment to and abuse of former assistant Jessica Labrie. But she recently hired Kenneth Freundlich of Encino, CA to represent her in three outstanding cases against her in New York Supreme Court, including loss or theft of jewelry and non-payment to a hotel and a security company. Courtney Love responded to The Fix's request for comment with the threat of a temporary restraining order.