Courtney Love, who was confined to a lock-down substance abuse center earlier this year after violating her probation, can leave the facility for an outpatient program, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Fr

Courtney Love, who was confined to a lock-down substance abuse center earlier this year after violating her probation, can leave the facility for an outpatient program, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Friday.

"You're doing really well. I'm really pleased with the reports," Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin told the 41-year-old singer during a hearing. "I certainly hope you keep up the good progress. You're definitely going in the right direction."

Rubin had ordered Love, the widow of rock star Kurt Cobain, into the treatment center for 180 days after she admitted in August she had used drugs, a violation of her probation.

She is serving probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an attack on musician Kristin King at the home of Love's ex-boyfriend. King sued Love in September over that incident.

In granting Love her release to an outpatient facility, Rubin told the former lead singer for the band Hole that she would have to submit to twice-weekly drug and alcohol tests and was permitted to leave home only under certain circumstances -- such as visiting doctors or her probation officer.

"Things are going great," Love's attorney, Howard Weitzman, told reporters after the hearing. "She's moving forward and taking the process very seriously. She hopes this is the beginning of the next chapter in her life."


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