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Courtney Love's No-Show Sparks Lawyers' Spat

After Courtney Love fails to turn up at a libel suit deposition this morning, her attorney is accused of perjury.

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By Carmela Kelly

08/23/12

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As The Fix reported yesterday, Courtney Love's failure to show at a libel suit deposition in New York this morning could carry serious consequences—but it may be her latest new lawyer who faces them. Frederic Gordon—the attorney for Rhonda Holmes in her libel suit against Love, which cites the singer's persistent substance abuse—is now accusing Love's attorney, Kenneth Freundlich, of perjury. Gordon tells The Fix he intends to file for sanctions.

The two lawyers dispute the significance of Love's absence this morning. Freundlich says he objected to the deposition and informed Gordon of Love's unavailability in timely fashion. Gordon contends that Freundlich was required by law to send his objection to the deposition six days in advance, and that Freundlich "signed under penalty of perjury" that he mailed it on August 17. But Gordon says he has proof—in the form of an August 20 time-stamped envelope—that this was a falsehood.

"It's another significant example of Courtney thinking she's above the law,” says Gordon, who's in New York today for the deposition. "Despite the rules she says, 'I'm not going to show up.' To me, it's more of the same bullshit.” He plans to file sanctions against Freundlich for perjury next week.

The Fix also spoke with Freundlich this morning. He says he gave proper notice about Love’s unavailability, and attacks Gordon for speaking with us yesterday: “I don’t litigate cases in the press. [Gordon] is using the press, which is disgusting. How did you find out about this [deposition]?" he asks us. "It’s a private matter. Tell him to meet me in court. I’m new counsel and [Courtney Love] wasn’t available.” Freundlich seems set to be a busy man, given Love's stack of unresolved legal cases: “I am representing Courtney in every legal matter now both in California and New York. Rest assured she will be well defended against all accusations.” As the lawyers spar, Courtney Love has meanwhile been tweeting about being on "Shelter Island"—which may refer to her rumored current location with friends in the Hamptons.

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