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Jury Rules in Favor of Courtney Love in 'Twibel' Case

Ben Gabbe/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in the Courtney Love "Twibel" case ruled in favor of the singer late Friday, with a verdict saying the plaintiff did not prove that Love knowingly made a false statement in Twitter.

The queen of grunge was sued for allegedly libeling a lawyer on Twitter -- an act that was dubbed “Twibel.”

In a 2010 tweet, the Hole musician suggested her lawyer at the time, Rhonda Holmes, took a bribe when she backed out of a legal battle Love was waging with the managers of her late husband’s estate. Love was married to Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain from 1992 until his death in 1994.

After deliberating for just three hours, the jury handed down a verdict saying Love did write the tweet but that the plaintiff did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that she knew the statement was false.

A handful of Twibel cases have been filed in the past, but Love’s case is the first one that has made it to trial in the United States.

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