According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Courtney Love's legal team have issued a cease-and-desist letter to theaters showing the Kurt Cobain documentary, Soaked In Bleach, in an attempt to remove it from the big screen.
In short, the film aims to prove the conspiracy that Kurt's death was actually a homicide by Courtney, rather than a suicide. An excerpt from the letter reads: “The Film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain. A false accusation of criminal behavior is defamatory per se under California Civil Code Section 45a, which entitles Ms. Cobain to both actual and presumed damages.”
The film's producers have offered their own rebuttal to Courtney's proposition:
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.
Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, which debuted earlier this year, was actually sanctioned by bother Courtney and her daughter Frances. Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne, however, says almost all of it is “total bullshit.”
Watch a trailer for Soaked In Bleach below and let us know your thoughts.