Courtney Love accused of conspiring to murder her former son-in-law to get back Kurt Cobain’s guitar

Courtney Love has been accused of plotting to have her daughter’s ex-husband killed in a bid to retrieve an iconic guitar that belonged to Kurt Cobain. 

Isaiah Silva, a rock musician, was married to Frances Bean Cobain, the only child of Love and Cobain, from 2014. Miss Cobain filed for divorce in March 2016.

Under the terms of their divorce Silva was entitled to keep a highly valuable 1959 Martin D-18E guitar that the Nirvana frontman played during an MTV Unplugged performance in 1993.

During the divorce proceedings Miss Cobain had argued that the guitar should remain in her family, but Silva successfully claimed it was his, as Miss Cobain had given to him as a gift.

At the time Nirvana fans were critical of the guitar being awarded to Silva, who is the frontman of rock band The Eeries.

In his complaint Silva, 33, alleged that in June 2016, Love, her manager Sam Lutfi, and a group of other men attempted to kidnap and kill him to get the guitar back.

He filed a 329-page civil suit in a Los Angeles court seeking unspecified damages.


Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged in 1993Credit:
Frank Micelotta Archive via Getty Images

In the complaint he claimed: "The primary objective of their conspiracy was to locate and take possession of a guitar believed to be worth millions of dollars, which was gifted to Silva, by Frances, on January 8, 2014, six months prior to their June 29, 2014 marriage."

He alleged that Lutfi, who is Britney Spears’ ex-manager, and two other men “did burglarise, rob, assault, batter, sexually batter, kidnap, and attempt to murder [him]” at his house in West Hollywood. 

Silva alleged he was in his bedroom with a fellow member of his band when he heard noise downstairs and the house’s alarm system went off.

Frances Bean Cobain with her mother Courtney Love, at the Chanel fashion show in October 2016

According to the complaint men at the door shouted "Police, open up!!!" and "LAPD, open the f******* door!!!"

Silva claimed Lutfi then grabbed his genitals through his clothes and said: "Listen f*****, calm the f*** down or we’ll drag you upstairs and take turns f****** you.”

Silva accused the three men of "terrorising" his mother, who was in the house at the time.

He claimed the men were going to kidnap him from his home to end any legal claims he was making for spousal support, and to get the guitar back.

The trio allegedly forced him out of his home and into a black Cadillac Escalade.  

A friend of Silva’s, who was in the home when they entered it, called the police.  

Isaiah Silva performing in 2014 Credit:
Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

When police arrived, Lutfi “hurriedly concocted a false story intended to prevent LAPD from arresting them,” Silva claimed in his complaint.

Love and her co-defendants are yet to comment on Silva’s allegations.

But a source told the New York Post said they were prepared to fight all the way in court over the guitar.

The source told the New York Post: "Kurt would not want this and Courtney will not allow any of it. Frances and the family are prepared to fight with a fury of unprecedented legal force and they will prevail.”

"He (Silva) will stop at nothing to try and gain possession of Kurt’s belongings as witnessed in this baseless lawsuit in which he completely made up absurd unimaginable and somewhat laughable allegations." LEGAL MUST KEEP ENDS

The divorce between Miss Cobain and Silva took a over a year to be finalised amid legal wrangling, including over the guitar, At the time Love, the actress and former singer with the band Hole, described the relationship between her daughter and Silva as "toxic".

At one point Silva made a claim for $25,000 a month spousal support.

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According to the eventual settlement Silva got the guitar and Miss Cobain kept a house they had bought together.

Court documents at the time suggested Miss Cobain was worth around $100 million from her father’s estate.

She was one year-old when her father took his on life on April 5, 1994.

A source close to Love and Miss Cobain told The Telegraph that they planned to contest Silva’s case “with a fury of unprecedented legal force”.

“Isaiah Silva is a dangerous sycophant that refuses to end his campaign of terror towards the Cobain family and their friends,” the source said.

The source claimed that Miss Cobain gave her former partner the guitar “in the hopes he would just go away”.

“Isaiah has a frightening obsession with Kurt Cobain and will stop at nothing to try and gain possession of Kurt’s belongings,” the source said.

“Kurt would not want this and Courtney will not allow any of it. Frances and the family are prepared to fight with a fury of unprecedented legal force, and they will prevail.”

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