Courtney Love is firing at the latest documentary surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death called “Soaked In Bleach”;.
According to Deadline, Love and her lawyers have issued legal matters against theaters showing the controversial Benjamin Statler directed film.
“The Film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain,” writes Love’s attorney in the order. “A false accusation of criminal behavior is defamatory …which entitles Ms. Cobain to both actual and presumed damages.” No actual complaint has been filed with the courts as of yet.
The docudrama follows the investigator that Love hired to find Cobain after he disappeared from rehab on March 30, 1994. During the investigation, and upon finding Cobain’s body on April 8, the investigator recorded many conversations with Love. Those interviews and reenactments are what make up the film along with interviews of people close to the matter.
Producers of “Soaked In Bleach”; provide the following statement to Deadline.
“We were disturbed to learn that Courtney Love’s lawyers sent threatening letters to movie theaters all over the country. Most arrived before “Soaked in Bleach” was released last week, presumably before she or her lawyers ever saw it. She obviously hoped to scare theater owners into dropping the film. Thankfully, very few were intimidated. Most saw the letter for what it is – a cowardly attack on the rights of free speech, free expression and free choice.”;
“Courtney Love’s uninformed accusations and efforts to discredit the film are totally off base. The film examines the well documented facts surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain and it questions much of what the public has been told about those events. Most of the opinions and theories presented in the film come directly from facts gathered by Tom Grant, the private investigator Courtney Love hired the week before Kurt’s body was discovered. Tom quickly became suspicious and tape recorded all his conversations with Courtney and others in the days leading up to and after Kurt’s death. The film uses those recordings to reenact Tom’s encounters with Courtney Love and others in Kurt’s inner circle. It also presents the views of Norm Stamper, Seattle’s Police Chief at the time, and Dr. Cyril Wecht, a leading forensic pathologist, who both question whether Kurt could have committed suicide.”;
“Courtney Love and her lawyers clearly don’t like that the film presents a compelling case for re-opening the investigation into Kurt’s death. They should respect the First Amendment and let people decide for themselves.”;
The film touches on the highly controversial matter that Love could have been linked to Cobain’s death.
Seattle police re-opened the evidence in 2014 and stated that Cobain’s death is still ruled a suicide.