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Courtney Love issues cease-and-desist letters over Cobain doc

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Courtney Love is seen attending the April premiere of the HBO documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” which she apparently liked more than the recent semi-documentary “Soaked in Bleach,” which allegedly links her to to the death of Cobain. (AP/Invision/ John Shearer)

‘Soaked in Bleach,” a semi-documentary about Kurt Cobain, has only been out for a few days, but it’s already made a big enemy: Mrs. Cobain herself.

Courtney Love’s legal team sent a cease-and-desist letter this week to theaters showing the film, according to Deadline.com. “Soaked in Bleach,” which combines interviews and “America’s Most Wanted”-style re-enactments, focuses on private eye Tom Grant’s claims that Love was involved in Cobain’s death.

“The Film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain,” the cease-and-desist notice says.

Grant, who says Love hired him to find Cobain days before the Nirvana singer’s suicide was discovered on April 8, 1994, supplied filmmakers with recordings of his phone conversations with Love that are heavily featured in the film.

MELISSA RIVERS TAKES ‘FASHION’ GIG

Melissa Rivers is taking her late mother’s place as co-host of “Fashion Police” starting Aug. 31.

The E! channel said Wednesday that Rivers will join fellow hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski when the celebrity fashion critique series returns this summer. Rivers will continue to serve as executive producer.

E! executive Jeff Olde said original producer Rivers helped create the show’s blend of fashion and comedy.

Rivers’ mother, comedian Joan Rivers, died in September at 81 after complications from minor throat surgery. Kathy Griffin joined “Fashion Police” as co-host earlier this year but left after seven episodes.

QUICK TAKES

Matthew Mello, bartender at Beaux in the Castro, took top honors at the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic last weekend. Mello, who accomplished the mighty task of making apple-flavored vodka palatable, was named a grand marshal of the Key West Pride parade and won $5,000 for the Empowering Spirits Foundation, an LGBT charity. … Rob Zombie, director of “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” has been tapped to direct Groucho Marx’s biopic, leading one to wonder about any blood-gushing skeletons in Marx’s closet. … Rapper-gamer Kanye West was spotted Wednesday at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles, where he attended a preview for the PlayStation game “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”) is 25. … A’s pitcher Fernando Rodriguez is 31. … Singer Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men is 44. … Actress-director Isabella Rossellini (“Green Porno”) is 63. … Actress Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) is 63. … Singer Paul McCartney is 73. — Staff, wire report

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