“13 Reasons Why” actor Ross Butler is denying his involvement in an alleged murder plot that is as bizarre as it is sensational.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Isaiah Silva — the ex-husband of Frances Bean Cobain — claims that Butler conspired with Cobain’s mother, Courtney Love, to murder him. The reason: the battle between Silva and his ex over a valuable guitar once owned by her father, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain; she wants it back while Silva claims she gave it to him as a gift, with a judge ultimately ruling that he can keep it.
Butler has become embroiled in Silva’s bizarre lawsuit against Courtney Love involving the guitar, with Silva claiming that Butler and Sam Lufti (best known for once dating Britney Spears) were among the men who attempted to murder him at the behest of the former Hole singer.
According to Silva’s lawsuit, Love conspired with Butler (who played Reggie in the first season of “Riverdale”) and others to break into his home, beat him up with the intent of killing him and making off with the guitar, which Cobain famously played in Nirvana’s iconic “MTV Unplugged” performance back in 1993.
Silva alleges that in June 2016, Lutfi and two other men (one of whom was Butler), came to Silva’s West Hollywood home, falsely identifying themselves as police officers, and proceeded to burglarize, sexually batter and attempt to kill him. Silva alleges that Lutfi grabbed his genitals, called him a homophobic slur and threatened to rape him.
However, Butler has filed legal documents asking to be dismissed from Silva’s suit, and offers a very different account of what took place.
According to Butler, when he and the others arrived at Silva’s home, they saw sheets covering the windows. They knocked, and Silva came to the door and invited them inside.
“I then entered the house and was greeted calmly and amicably by Silva,” says Butler, describing Silva as “frail, emaciated and had a terrible odour. The house was also messy and had a bad odour.”
Butler denies Silva’s allegations. “I never entered into a conspiracy or otherwise agreed to commit any crime against Silva. I never conspired with anyone else to murder or kidnap Silva … or take possession of a guitar that Silva claims Ms. Cobain gave to him as a gift,” he states, adding that he had “no communications with Defendant Courtney Love Cobain at any time concerning the purported events.”
Silva is seeking unspecified damages; Love has not yet to responded to her former son-in-law’s allegations.