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Nirvana Men Sue Courtney

Grohl, Novoselic call Love "self-centered" in open letter to fans

December 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court of Washington yesterday against Courtney Love seeking to oust her from Nirvana L.L.C., the partnership formed in 1997 to manage the affairs of the band following the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain.

In an open letter to fans, Grohl and Novoselic suggested that Love's litigation was not in the best interest of Nirvana. "In truth, her actions are only about the revitalization of her career motivated solely by her blind self-interest," they said. Grohl and Novoselic went on to contend that Love's conduct was enough to bar her from making decisions in Nirvana L.L.C. "In her professional dealings, Love is irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable," the letter reads. "Love's business and personal judgment also makes her incompetent to be a member of the L.L.C."

The suit is a response to Love's lawsuit this past June, which called for the same action against Grohl and Novoselic, effectively dissolving the partnership formed between Love, Frances Bean Cobain (her daughter with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain), Grohl and Novoselic. That lawsuit, which was filed in June, has held up the release of a Nirvana box set, scheduled to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the band's breakthrough album, Nevermind.

The forty-five-track set -- which includes the previously unavailable Nirvana track "You've Got No Right," written by Cobain in 1994 -- had been slated for release October 23rd but was put off indefinitely when Love was granted an injunction to stop it.

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