We thought the guaranteed highlight of the upcoming defamation lawsuit trial between Courtney Love and fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir was going to be the testimony of Love.

But per the THR, Esq. preview of proceedings set to begin in LA January 18th, that honor may very well belong instead to Jessie Stricchiola (pictured). She is the San Francisco based expert witness for hire who has been enlisted, on behalf of plaintiff Simorangkir, with quantifying the damage done by Love’s allegedly abusive torrent of spring 2009 tweets.

To aid her case, Simorangkir plans to call to the stand Stricchiola, a social media expert who was tasked with studying how many people saw the Love rants and what kind of credibility is given to statements made on a casual forum like Twitter. Stricchiola will report her findings at trial.

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