Courtney Love sued by American Express

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American Express has sued Kurt Cobain widow-turned-rocker-turned-actress Courtney Love for $352,059.67 in unpaid charges and fees on her Amex Gold, Centurion and Platinum Cards.

Of course this isn't the first time that Ms. Love has been accused of skipping out on bills. A high-end rehab facility sued her over a $181,000 unpaid bill for a stay in 2005 -- although later events would seem to suggest that Love didn't derive much value from that stint in detox.

There have also been tax liens and a lawsuit from management and accounting firm London & Co. accusing her of failing to pay the 5% commission due when she sold some of Nirvana's publishing rights for $19.5 million.

The best part is that whatever losses American Express takes on the Love account were more than replenished with the $3.9 billion in TARP funds it received. That's right: Taxpayer money was used to bailout people who decided to lend money to a notoriously drug addicted tax dodger.

Love's lawyer, Larry Fink, has fired back, stating that 104 AmEx credit cards were taken out in his client's name. According to TMZ, Fink argues that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that nobody takes out 104 credit cards. "AmEx knows the claim has no merit. We have told them this for a long time. AmEx's law policies allowed fraudulent transactions to be charged to my client's card."

How did Love get into this mess? It seems likely that a long history of drug abuse has been a leading factor. Watch this video of her throwing makeup at Madonna during a 1995 MTV Video Music Awards interview (and if you need more, there's this drunken David Letterman appearance).

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