Frances Bean Cobain – the 19-year-old daughter of late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love – has obtained the rights to her father’s name, likeness and appearance from her troubled mother.
According to a report from The Fix, Courtney has stepped down as acting manager of End of Music LLC., the entity in charge of Kurt’s post-death publicity. The Hole singer agreed to give up control of her late husband’s image once she received a $2.75 million loan from Frances’ trust fund in 2010, which was then transferred to End of Music and Courtney’s lawyers at the time.
Until Courtney faithfully pays back the huge sum in full, she forfeits the rights to any profits made through Kurt’s likeness and Frances now has final say in business matters involving her father’s image.
Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music owns the entire administrative rights over Kurt’s music, allowing Courtney absolutely no power or input in deciding how it is used.
The mother-daughter duo’s troubled and questionable past has never been much of a secret.
In 2009, Courtney lost legal custody of then-17-year-old Frances, who cited her mother’s use of “Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes” as just means for a restraining order.
Last month, Frances denied her mother’s unfounded Twitter accusations that Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had made a sexual advancement towards the teen.
“While I’m generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn,” Frances retaliated. “I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I’m in a monogamous relationship and very happy. Twitter should ban my mother.”