Courtney Love is to be the first celebrity to face court over comments made on the social networking site Twitter.
The Hole vocalist is to attend a hearing at a Los Angeles court next week to face claims of defamation by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who says that a slew of messages posted by Love destroyed her career and reputation.
On March 17, 2009, Love took to her Twitter account to direct several insults towards Simorangkir, alleging she was a drug-pushing prostitute, with a history of assault who lost custody of her own child and capitalized on the grunge rocker's fame before stealing from her.
"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!" wrote Love.
"There has never been anything like this case before," Simorangkir's legal representative Bryan Freedman told The Hollywood Reporter, who adds that his client claims that Love's tweets "destroyed his client's fashion career, thus entitling her to potentially millions of dollars in damages".
Love's lawyer legal rep James Janowitz countered, "We don't believe there's any defamation, and even if there were defamatory statements, there was no damage."
The case begins on January 18.