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Earlier this year, Courtney Love - the widow of Kurt Cobain - gave her support to the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, a film that chronicled the life of the deceased Nirvana frontman. However, it turns out those same sentiments are not shared towards the new Benjamin Statler-directed Cobain-centric docudrama Soaked In Bleach, and now she's making efforts to shut the movie down.
According to Deadline, Courtney Love's attorney has penned a letter to movie theaters around the country explaining that Soaked In Bleach "falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain," and requests that the exhibitors stop their plans to show the movie. Taking things up a notch, there is claim that the movie actually represents a defamatory work against Courtney Love's character, and that she is entitled "to both actual and presumed damages." As noted in the trade report, charges have not been filed.
The directing debut of filmmaker Benjamin Statler, the movie is principally about private investigator named Tom Grant, who first met Courtney Love when she hired him to find Kurt Cobain after he had left a substance abuse treatment center in Los Angeles. The Nirvana singer was found dead days later. Using recordings of Grant's meetings with Love, reenactments, and interviews, the film raises a question about Love's possible involvement in her husband's death, which has officially been ruled a suicide.
Deadline has also published a statement in response to the letter written by the producers of Soaked In Bleach, who claim to be "disturbed" by the action taken by Courtney Love's lawyer. They outline the evidence on which the film was based and describe the individuals close to the case who were involved with the production. The whole thing is driven home with a bold claim, saying,
Courtney Love and her lawyers clearly don’t like that the film presents a compelling case for re-opening the investigation into Kurt’s death. They should respect the First Amendment and let people decide for themselves.
It's worth mentioning that this isn't the first time that the question of whether or not Courtney Love was involved in the death of Kurt Cobain has been raised in a documentary.Back in 1998, filmmaker Nick Broomfield made the movie Kurt & Courtney, which chronicled the relationship between the two titular musicians. Love was not a fan of that doc either, and when plans were made to have it premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, she threatened to sue the festival's organizers, and the screening were cancelled.
Soaked In Bleach is now playing in select markets, and is available for digital rental or purchase on Vimeo.