It has been years since we haven’t heard about Isaiah Silva’s lawsuit versus Courtney Love. Let me refresh your memory. When they were married, Frances Bean Cobain gave Silva one of her famous father’s guitars, the 1959 Martin D-18E he used during the legendary MTV unplugged session, and when they divorced in 2016, Silva kept the guitar. This didn’t please Courtney Love, who claimed her daughter didn’t really mean to give it to him, and that the guitar was ‘not [Silva’s] to take.’
According to Silva, Love asked several people, including Sam Lutfi (Britney Spears’ ex-manager), to recover the guitar. They showed up at Silva’s home in West Hollywood, pounded on his door as if they were the LAPD, and the following scene described by Silva was so brutal that he claimed the men burglarized, robbed, assaulted, sexually battered, kidnapped him, and even attempted to murder him. In May 2018, he sued them and Courtney Love, whom he believes hired the men to do the did. This is a very brief summary of the case, considering that the legal document is a 322-page long lawsuit, but you can read almost the entire Isaiah Silva vs Courtney Love Court Case here.
Last year, the guitar has been sold for $6 million at auction, and if Silva’s name was not mentioned in any article at the time, I do think this was the same guitar. Did Silva cashed the $6 M?
Many fans were hopeful that the lawsuit would bring new evidence around Kurt Cobain’s death as Silva claims in the lawsuit that Kurt Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, warned him in 2015 ‘that she believed Love to be involved in the alleged suicide of her son.’ This is what this was a big deal. However, this happened about 3 years ago and no one seems to be talking about it anymore. Things have progressed very slowly, especially because of the pandemic but an update was posted yesterday, April 8th, and, unfortunately, things do not look good for the Silva camp. The document says that:
‘There is no appearance on behalf of plaintiff this date’
‘Counsel represent to the court that plaintiff has failed to comply with the 12/4/20 court order regarding email address’
‘The court orders all parties to appear at the next court date. Failure to appear may result in monetary sanctions up to $1,500 pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 177.5’
I have no idea why Silva didn’t show up in court or didn’t give an email address, but it seems that he is representing himself now (thus the required email address), how is he expecting to win against Courtney Love’s lawyers? Maybe he is giving up. We can speculate why he is doing that – an undisclosed settlement? A possible threat? – but it looks like Courtney Love is winning again, it looks like she, once again, will get away from a scabrous situation with an intact reputation.
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