Courtney Love Has Lost Control Of Kurt Cobain’s Image

Daughter Frances Bean Cobain has taken over Kurt's publicity rights.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, taken over the publicity rights to her father's image, The Fix reports today.

In documents allegedly obtained by the site, the rights to the deceased Nirvana frontman's image and likeness have been transferred from the care of widow Courtney Love into the hands of their 19-year-old daughter Frances.

Love also has no control over Cobain's or Nirvana's music, despite recently claiming that she had the power to disapprove of The Muppets's recent cover version after their "raping" of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', with it being controlled solely by Primary Wave Music CEO Larry Mestel.

The report from The Fix states: 

"The documents show that Love agreed to step down as Acting Manager of End of Music LLC—the business entity responsible for generating cash from Cobain’s publicity rights—once she’d received a $2.75 million loan from Frances’ trust fund in 2010. The massive loan was transferred from Frances’ fund to EOM in Los Angeles, and then into an account held by Courtney’s then-lawyers, Pryor Cashman, in New York. Until Courtney pays it back, she won’t receive a dime from Kurt’s name, likeness or appearance from the deals formed by Frances and her advisers since December 2010."

Love lost custody of Frances in a custody battle in 2009, with Frances being quoted as saying: “she has taken drugs for as long as I can remember. She basically exists now on Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes." After the battle Love was removed from Frances' trust fund, in which she was acting as her daughter's adviser.

The relationship between Courtney and Frances has been well-documented, with Courtney apologising to Frances last month after she stated on her Twitter account that Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had attempted to "seduce" her. Frances responded to the allegations by saying: "While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn", adding "Twitter should ban my mother".

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