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Courtney Love Allegedly Tried To Kill Daughter's Ex To Get Kurt Cobain's Guitar, Lawsuit Says
The wild lawsuit also lists actor Ross Butler and Britney Spears' former manager as alleged accomplices.
Courtney Love is being sued by the ex-husband of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who claims Love tried to have him killed to get back a guitar from her late husband Kurt Cobain.
The wild lawsuit also lists Britney Spears' former manager, Sam Lufti, and "13 Reasons Why" actor Ross Butler as accomplices.
Isiah Silva says that Love, Lufti, and Butler formed a criminal conspiracy to commit trespass, burglary, home invasion, robbery, assault, battery, kidnapping and murder, according to Billboard. Their alleged goal was to get the ultra-rare 1959 Martin D-18E guitar used during Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" performance in 1993, which is believed to be worth millions of dollars.
The guitar had been gifted to Silva by Frances Bean as a present shortly before their marriage, according to TMZ. The two divorced in 2016 and have been battling for the right to the instrument ever since.
The suit says that Lufti provided Cobain, 25, with drugs, leading to an addiction. It also claims Love, Lutfi, Butler and a chauffeur named Yan Yukhtman hacked into Silva's iMessage account to send texts "making it appear Silva was despondent and on a mental precipice contemplating suicide," according to the suit. This would allegedly provide cover for his death. Silva claims the cohort was going to have him kidnapped and killed to reclaim the guitar.
Silva says he had reported the behavior to the police, and that the celebs made threats against his friends, family, and bandmates.
Silva also claims that on June 3, 2016, Lutfi, Butler and Yukhtman broke into his house, claiming they were police. He says he was physically attacked and faced rape threats and threats against his family while being kidnapped. He claims that if a friend had not alerted police, he would have been taken somewhere and murdered that day.
Following the alleged kidnapping, Silva says the group returned to the home where he was held hostage, with Lufti forcing Silva into a legal agreement in which he'd sign over the guitar and his house. Silva says that as part of the agreement, Love and Cobain would offer him $120,000 for the harassment to end.
Silva says he feared going to the police about the alleged break-in because of the threats made against his family. The suit says Lufti made Silva believe that Love and Cobain "controlled the LAPD, judicial system, and media." Silva ultimately filed for a restraining order against Lufti later in June 2016.
Love, Lufti, and Butler have not commented on the suit.
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