Love Given Court Reprieve

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January 6, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Courtney Love has been given an extra three weeks to prepare her defence over charges she defamed a fashion designer on
Dawn Simorangkir has accused the Hole frontwoman of damaging her reputation with a series of angry posts on the social networking site in March 2009.

Lawyers for Love and Simorangkir were in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday when the trial date was postponed from 18 January until 6 February for scheduling purposes, according to Reuters.

Attorneys for both sides are due to appear at a mandatory settlement conference next Tuesday and Wednesday.

But if a deal isn’t reached, Love will be the star witness in the first high-profile defamation trial over a celebrity’s ‘Tweets’. That hearing is expected to last at least a week.

The pair fell out after Love reportedly failed to pay Simorangkir for specially-commissioned clothing. As a result, Simorangkir stopped working for the rocker, prompting Love to launch a rant against Simorangkir on the microblogging website.

She also accused the designer of using her for her fame and stealing from her.