Posted: 24 June, 2015
The controversial new documentary has made some pretty polarising claims about Cobain's death.
In a controversial new documentary, Soaked In Bleach - about the circumstances over Kurt Cobain's death, a former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper has said that he would "reopen the investigation" if he was still working.
"We should in fact have taken steps to study patterns involved in the behaviour of key individuals who had a motive to see Kurt Cobain dead," Stamper said in the doco.
"If in fact Kurt Cobain was murdered, as opposed to having committed suicide, and it was possible to learn that, shame on us for not doing that. That was in fact our responsibility," he explained.
Soaked In Bleach has received a lot of criticism over it's controversial line of investigation and it's choice in reputable interviewees.
The main proponent of the film is a private investigator, Tom Grant who was once hired by Courtney Love to locate Cobain after he went missing, who has been very outspoken over the last 20 years on his belief that Love orchestrated Cobain's death.
This claim and the movie itself has obviously perturbed Love who has recently lawyered up and filed 'cease and desist' letters to halt theatres from showing the movie.
Here's what Love's lawyers have been saying...
"The Film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain. A false accusation of criminal behavior is defamatory per se under California Civil Code Section 45a, which entitles Ms. Cobain to both actual and presumed damages."
"Even though [redacted, the theater name] did not produce the Film, distributors of defamatory material can be held liable if they ‘knew or had reason to know that the material was defamatory."
And here's the response from the Soaked In Bleach producers...
"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."
The gloves are certainly off... whose side are you on?!