Just because you’ve never read Courtney Love’s memoir, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The Girl with the Most Cake was supposed to be released at the end of 2013, but the singer had it pulled after deeming it to be a “disaster.” Now, the book’s primary co-author, former Rolling Stone editor Anthony Bozza, is suing Love over breach of contract.
In documents filed in a New York court last week, Bozza claims he’s owed at least $200,000 for services rendered and the work done on the book. He says he signed a contract in 2010 for a 123,000-plus-word manuscript, which he turned in to Love and her publisher, HarperCollins, in January 2014. Despite both the singer and the publisher complimenting his work, Bozza was told in April that a new writer was being brought in “to fix the book.”
Love apparently told Bozza that the new co-author was “worthless” and that the project was “now in even more chaos.” Bozza subsequently asked that he be paid as per the terms of the original agreement, but never heard back. Bozza’s suit says his contract allotted him at least $200,000 from the advances Love was paid, plus expenses. He also claims he’s owed about $10,000 he spent on getting transcriptions for interviews he conducted with Love. (The suit adds that, despite be contractually obligated to “make herself available” for interviews, love caused “substantial delays” by not be available for month-long stretches.)
Bozza says the contract states he’s owed that money regardless of whether or not the book ever reaches publication. He was also due royalties up to $300,000. He claims that Love has thus far paid him only $100,000, even though she’s received $400,000 of a $1.2 million advance.