Following the release of ‘Soaked In Bleach’ last week, the controversial Benjamin Statler directed docu-drama that takes a look into the death of Kurt Cobain that was ruled a suicide in 1994, the legal team of the Nirvana frontman’s widow Courtney Love have reportedly issued cease-and-desist orders against theaters showing the film.
This is the second film centred around the late musician released so far this year, following ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ released in April through HBO, which was highly promoted by Love and their daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who was also co-executive producer for the film.
‘Soaked In Bleach’ revives the highly controversial claim that Cobain‘s death was a homicide, and that Love might have had a connection to it, covering similar ground to that of Nick Broomfield‘s 1999 documentary, ‘Kurt & Courtney’. Seattle police re-examined evidence in 2014 and said that the death still was ruled a suicide.
In response to the letters being issued by Love‘s legal representatives (which can be read here), the producers of ‘Soaked In Bleach’ provided the following statement to film industry website, Deadline:
“We were disturbed to learn that Courtney Love’s lawyers sent threatening letters to movie theaters all over the country. Most arrived before Soaked in Bleach was released last week, presumably before she or her lawyers ever saw it. She obviously hoped to scare theater owners into dropping the film. Thankfully, very few were intimidated. Most saw the letter for what it is – a cowardly attack on the rights of free speech, free expression and free choice.
Courtney Love’s uninformed accusations and efforts to discredit the film are totally off base. The film examines the well documented facts surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain and it questions much of what the public has been told about those events. Most of the opinions and theories presented in the film come directly from facts gathered by Tom Grant, the private investigator Courtney Love hired the week before Kurt’s body was discovered. Tom quickly became suspicious and tape recorded all his conversations with Courtney and others in the days leading up to and after Kurt’s death. The film uses those recordings to reenact Tom’s encounters with Courtney Love and others in Kurt’s inner circle. It also presents the views of Norm Stamper, Seattle’s Police Chief at the time, and Dr. Cyril Wecht, a leading forensic pathologist, who both question whether Kurt could have committed suicide.
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.”
‘Soaked In Bleach’ is available now and can be streamed/downloaded online via the Montai Productions official Vimeo profile (here) via a limited selection of countries.