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Monday 20 August 2018

Courtney Love tried to kill former son-in-law over guitar, legal document claims

Love is accused of conspiring to kill her daughter’s ex-husband in order to get Kurt Cobain’s musical instrument back.

Courtney Love, who is accused of conspiring to murder her daughter’s former husband (Ian West/PA)
Courtney Love, who is accused of conspiring to murder her daughter’s former husband (Ian West/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Courtney Love’s former son-in-law alleges she tried to have him killed in order to get Kurt Cobain’s guitar back, according to legal documents.

Isaiah Silva, who was married to Francis Bean Cobain, the only child of Love and the Nirvana frontman, is suing a number of people including Love, her manager Sam Lutfi, actor Ross Butler, private investigator John Nazarian and musician Michael Schenk.

He claims they conspired to murder him in a bid to recover a famous guitar once belonging to Cobain.

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Courtney Love is being sued by her former son-in-law who alleges she tried to have him killed over a guitar (Aurore Marechal/PA)

In court documents lodged in Los Angeles, Silva alleges the group are guilty of burglary, robbery, sexual battery, kidnapping, attempted murder, criminal threats, false imprisonment, extortion, stalking, intentional infliction of emotional distress and trespass.

It comes after a US entertainment website earlier this month revealed that as part of his divorce settlement with Bean Cobain, musician Silva got to keep the 1959 Martin guitar that Cobain played during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance in 1993.

Cobain killed himself a year later.

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Courtney Love arrives for the ELLE Style Awards 2009 at Big Sky London, 29-31 Brewery Street, London

Love is yet to file an answer to the complaint and has been contacted for comment.

The 329-document alleges that on the morning of June 3 2016, Lutfi, Butler and another man, Yan Yukhtman, “entered into a criminal conspiracy to commit trespass, burglary, home invasion robbery, assault, battery, kidnapping, and murder” to try and recover Cobain’s guitar.

Silva alleges he was in the master bedroom of his home with a bandmate when he heard a disturbance downstairs before the property’s alarm system was triggered.

Lutfi is said to have pounded on the locked bedroom door while Butler and Yukhtman repeatedly yelled, “police open up!” and “LAPD! (Los Angeles Police Department) Open the f***ing door!”.

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Courtney Love performing at the Clash Magazine 50th Edition Party, at the Monarch in Camden, north London

Silva then opened the door, it is claimed, and Lutfi “seized him violently” and dragged him from the bedroom before reacting with shock to the presence of Silva’s bandmate, who was ordered to leave.

It is then alleged the three accused physically assaulted Silva.

According to the complaint, they then forced him out of the house and into the back of a black Cadillac Escalade.

A friend of Silva who had also been at the property then called the police, it is claimed, and when officers arrived Lutfi “hurriedly concocted a false story intended to prevent LAPD from arresting them”.

If the police had not been called, Silva alleges he would have been taken to an unspecified location and murdered.

Nazarian told the Press Association, “I do not know anything about any of this”.

Silva is seeking unspecified damages.

Press Association

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