Courtney Love stops theaters from showing film alleging she killed Kurt Cobain


Courtney Love isn’t the most coherent tack in the box. Everyone knows she’s nutty, and the world shrugs its shoulders. Oh look, there’s Courtney dancing in the corner while blaming the world for her financial woes. She hasn’t done that in awhile, and she’s even working steadily as an actress again. Courtney’s still the person who casually discusses doing heroin while pregnant, and she’ll always be a mess.

We’ve talked a bit about Montage of Heck, the Kurt Cobain documentary supported by both Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney. There’s also another new doc (Soaked in Bleach) making news, and Courtney isn’t happy. This film takes a much different position, which accuses Courtney of murdering Kurt. Yeah, they’re totally going there. The doc relies heavily upon evidence from sketchy private investigator Tom Grant. He’s spoken out against Courtney many times and even wrote a book about Kurt’s death. Grant is presently tweeting up a storm about Soaked in Bleach. Courtney’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to theaters, warning them not to show the picture. You can see the letter here with some details from Deadline:

The widow of the Nirvana frontman was a very vocal supporter of the recent HBO documentary Montage Of Heck, but she’s no fan of another film about her relationship with her late husband. The legal team representing Courtney Love has issued a cease-and-desist order against theaters showing the controversial Benjamin Statler-directed docudrama Soaked in Bleach, a look at the death of Kurt Cobain that was ruled a suicide in 1994.

“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 the Hole singer’s attorney in the order. “A false accusation of criminal behavior is defamatory … which entitles Ms. Cobain to both actual and presumed damages.” No complaint has been filed with the courts as of yet.

From Suburban Hitchhiker and Daredevil Films, Soaked In Bleach centers on private investigator Tom Grant, hired by Love to find Cobain after he left a substance abuse treatment center in Los Angeles on March 30, 1994. During the period between the musician’s disappearance and the April 8 discovery of his body, Grant recorded many of the conversations he had with Love. Those recordings, paired with re-enactments, make up much of the film, though documentary footage as well as interviews with people close to the matter also are used.

The film revives the highly controversial claim that Cobain’s death was a homicide and that Love might have had a connection to it. It covers similar ground to Nick Broomfield’s 1999 documentary Kurt & Courtney. Seattle police re-examined evidence in 2014 and said the death still was ruled a suicide.

[From Deadline]

Deadline received a further statement from the distributors of this film, Emerging Pictures. They believe their film “presents a compelling case for re-opening the investigation into Kurt’s death.” They also claim victory and say only a few theaters (out of an entire nation full!) caved to Courtney’s request. I don’t see how this is possible, since Emerging Pictures’ films usually only open in a few theaters. The whole idea of this new documentary seems “off” to me. Why does the world need to resurrect a conspiracy theory that’s been put to rest (at least twice) by Seattle police? And who would fund such a project?

Some other (unrelated) Courtney news. She almost played Harley Quinn in an unmade movie called Batman Unchained. This would have been the third bat movie directed by Joel Schumacher. When I first skimmed the story, I thought the report meant she was up for the Margot Robbie role in Suicide Squad. Nope, this would have been a late 1990s movie. Courtney would have been an interesting choice back in the day.



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  1. Amanda says:

    Good for her honestly. Sure she’s not a great person but people need to just accept that Kurt killed himself.

  2. Eleonor says:

    This new “documentary” to me is a way to make a lot of money, I really hope Courtney menages to stop it.

  3. Bethie says:

    I dated a boy in high school who was so convinced that she killed him, he used it as a topic for a research paper.

    • bettyrose says:

      What were his results? I don’t care enough to research it, but I always kinda figured she drove him to it.

      • Bethie says:

        A bunch of stuff about a gardener and a door locked from the outside. He was in a greenhouse or something? Gosh, it was almost two decades ago, I can’t remember quite well. At the time, of course, I was completely convinced. The boy was cute, what can I say…

  4. Esmom says:

    She is definitely “not the most coherent tack in the box,” sometimes I really wonder how she’s managed to stay upright (and alive) this long. But enough with the conspiracy theories about Curt’s death. I don’t blame her for trying to shut this film down.

  5. Jag says:

    In my opinion, I believe she had him killed, which is different from killing him. The people who could have been on the witness stand regarding her involvement are apparently all dead now, and since the police waited decades to process some of the photographs taken at the scene – on rolls of film – I think that they know that any reopening of the case could lead to problems due to their incompetence back in the day. Especially since Courtney is rich and has rich friends who might fight for her. (And the fact that she’s still scary.) They most likely decided it’s easier to just let it still be ruled a suicide.

    • Dilapidated says:

      Exactly, just because it’s a “conspiracy” theory, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Every murder on the planet starts out as a “conspiracy” until people find out the truth. I’m a big believer that where there is smoke, there is fire and he was about to divorce her.

      • Nicolette says:

        I believe there’s a lot of truth behind conspiracy theories. Is the narrative that’s delivered always just to be believed because that’s what we’re told? Just move along sheeple, nothing more to see. And if questions are raised it’s slapped with the conspiracy theory label. I watched Montage of Heck and yes he was a troubled soul. But there’s always been a part of me that thinks she used that as leverage, and was certain that his death would easily be explained away by his mental state and drug use.

      • Crocuta says:

        Nicolette: I know many people who believe in conspiracy theories, and sadly they are no less “sheeple” than the ones who believe in official explanations. They follow the alternative narratives just as blindly.

        With Kurt and Courtney, I don’t know and I don’t care what happened. We’ll never know anyways, so why loose sleep over it?

    • Illyra says:

      I agree.

      It was a very good documentary, btw. It’s amazing to hear how often and easily Courtney lied while Grant was secretly recording their conversations. On the tapes you hear her admit that she planted the story about her own overdose and hospital stay just before Kurt’s “suicide” was discovered… there was no overdose. She also admitted that Kurt’s mother NEVER reported him missing while claiming to be afraid for his safety due to his being “suicidal”… Courtney filed the report while claiming to be his mother. She seemed to lie as easily as she breathed and came across like a manipulative sociopath.

      Courtney was not the coked out, brain-damaged mess that people assumed her to be, she was smart and cunning and probably still is.

      People hire others to bump off their spouses all the time for much less. It’s not a radical notion when many millions of dollars are at stake.

      The documentary also touches on the many problems there were with the scene of death, and how much of a joke the “investigation” was (basically, there WAS no investigation—his death was ruled a suicide the same day his body was found).

    • Blackcat says:

      Initially, albeit years ago, I thought the grumblings that Courtney killed or had Kurt killed and were crazy. Just some left wing nutters finding a conspiracy where none exists.
      But after reading about this case and listening to several podcasts, I think she had someone kill him. The facts at the scene of the crime don’t add up to suicide but strongly suggest a staged “suicide scene” by the killer(s).

  6. Erinn says:

    Eh. I guess it depends on how the film is framed. If they’re saying COURTNEY 100% DID IT, then yeah, shut that shit down. But if they’re just presenting different angles, then whatever.

    Think about how many movies and books have been made about murders and unsolved crimes over the years – people have been implicated over and over for crimes they probably didn’t commit.

  7. Merritt says:

    People need to let it go. Kurt was never going to be an aging rockstar. With the drug problem and the depression, it was either gong to be an overdose or suicide. People might think that is mean, but when a person doesn’t take steps to help themselves, then usually one of those two things happens.

    • Kristen says:

      This. His suicide would’ve in no way been notable if not for his (and CL’s) fame. Just because it was newsworthy doesn’t make it unique…

    • Eleonor says:

      Frances Bean was right when she said that people put Kurt on a pedestal after his death.
      I’ve seen a lot of interviews of people around him, and they all described the classic downfall into the addiction: near the end of his life Kurt was living only for the drugs.
      It’s sad, but people have to accept this.

      • Veronica says:

        That’s part of the reason it irks me when only Courtney takes the flak for doing drugs while pregnant. Don’t get me wrong – I work in a hospital and see the horror of neonate addiction all the time. It’s not acceptable. But when it comes to Frances Bean, I always have to ask – who do people think was doing those drugs *with* her?

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    • Tara says:

      I admit I haven’t reviewed any records/information, but I never believed anything besides the suicide scenario. He’d had the Rome incident a month or so before. And I saw him within the last month of his death. He was empty. Courtney always has been and always will be cagey. But I think they were more partners in dysfunction. She’s no mastermind.

  8. Sassback says:

    I’ve never thought she did it, But I do think she gets nervous because she was probably on her way out of the relationship when Kurt killed himself. And she’s crazy and says crazy things. If she joked to people about getting rid of Kurt, it wouldn’t surprise me. But the guy killed himself. That much is definite. By people have never liked her, she got so much hate during their relationship. His female fans were like One-Direction fan crazy, like Elvis, cried the day he got married, crazy. And very coincidentally her career height happened right after his death. So I just think it’s a lot of coincidences jumbled together.

  9. Narek says:

    I do not for one second think she killed him or had anything to do with it. This low life private dick that she hired to find Kurt should have been searching for her husband, not recording their conversations. He is a scumbag.

  10. Sam says:

    So this film is basically a re-hash of Kurt and Courtney? I watched that entire movie and was shocked by how crappy it truly was. It was just a ton of speculation and conjecture – Kurt didn’t kill himself, but there’s no evidence offered as to who exactly did kill him. Can I believe that Courtney was a nasty piece of work to Kurt and that maybe the marriage was breaking down? Certainly. But murder? Nope.

    I haven’t seen the film, but depending on the allegations made in it, it might give rise to some kind of suit. Nick Broomfield was very, very careful to never actually allege that Courtney killed Kurt and to always have actual people made the statements implying it, not him. He left the viewer to put two and two together, which is probably why he was able to slip away without getting in any trouble. I don’t blame Courtney for letting theatres know that they might expose themselves to liability. It’s just kind of the standard thing to do.

  11. cakecakecake says:

    I really liked the documentary, and I believe that she had EVERYTHING to do with his demise.
    don’t want to argue about it, and I would love to see the case reopened.

  12. lily says:

    Bedhead could you possibly check out this movie? I don’t agree with Tom Grants credibility being taken away from him by being referred to as sketchy.

  13. Isabelle says:

    There is a lot of misogyny in how the media & Curt fans treat Courtney. People will always blame her for Curts death & his descent. He was sensitive smart man that couldn’t handle this world so his sensitive soul resorted to drugs. She was a hellion heartless biatch that used Curt, had a baby to get attention & resorted to drugs because she is “bad” gold digging harlot. So much hatred is geared toward her & yes think its because of how she presents herself as a female. People hate her & think its largely due to her being a loud & obnoxious female. If she was a male rock star misbehaving as she does, we would have her in the rockstar hall of fame by now.

    • anon33 says:

      This has LITERALLY nothing to do with anything. She IS a heartless bitch and DID have a baby to get attention and has DONE NOTHING since then to prove otherwise. Ask Frances Bean and the courts who allowed her to separate from her mother. Watch Montage of heck when she is obviously BLASTED OUT OF HER MIND and practically drops the baby a bunch of times.

      It has everything to do with the facts of who she is as a person: a horrible disgusting excuse for a humen being. She’s not exempt from criticism simply because she’s female. That harms all of us just as much as miusogyny does.

      a feminist.

      • Isabelle says:

        I have watched the doc. Did you miss the part where Kurt was also constantly blasted out of his mind? He is high while he is caring for Francis, barely even able to sit up. There are moments in the film where she is completely drug free & lucid. Him after Francis, not so much. He was high in the doc more than her. He’s always the victim, excused for his drug addiction & Courtney vilified. Kurt wasn’t a great parent either & no drug addicted parent is a great parent. Of course Courtney is no saint, neither was Kurt but he always gets excused for his behavior. Courtney has never been given that grace.
        Signed, not getting emotional about it.

  14. Zooey says:

    I watched Montage of Heck — which was excellent and appropriately disturbing — and walked away thinking “just say no to drugs.” They were both scrambling their brains with rampant drug use. I agree with the poster above that sadly the outcome was inevitable with Kurts’s heavy use and depression. Courtney was also a hot mess and probably high whenever she talked to Grant, so not sure what she said in the recordings can be taken at face value. She is crazy, but I don’t think she had him murdered. Her love and grief for him does come off as genuine.

  15. Reg says:

    He was divorcing her and told his lawyer to remove her from hs will two weeks before he was bumped off. She broke into someone house smeared there walls with tampons and left a note prior to cobain death and filed two false police reports before he was found. Police ruled it suicide before autopsy and toxicology report,virtually unheard of, botched investigation to point where it can’t be reopened no body and all vidence is either concealed or destroyed. RIP Kurt

  16. Reg says:

    Montage of heck is actually poorly presented crap.