Courtney Love was ordered yesterday (Oct. 27) to stand trial on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles despite her attorney's claim that the case had been "grossly overcharged.
Courtney Love was ordered yesterday (Oct. 27) to stand trial on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles despite her attorney's claim that the case had been "grossly overcharged."
Superior Court Commissioner Sanjay Kumar listened to testimony from the alleged victim, Kristin King, and a neighbor at the location of the alleged attack before ruling. "There is uncontroverted evidence that without provocation the defendant threw a bottle at the victim and chased her with a flashlight," he said.
Love was ordered to appear for arraignment on Nov. 10. She remained free on $150,000 bail.
"We hope this will be resolved in a way to allow her to move on with her life," defense attorney Howard Weitzman said outside court. Asked about Love's previous problems with drugs, he said, "She couldn't be in any better shape than she is now. Things are looking better and better for Courtney."
The assault allegedly occurred on the morning of April 25. The commissioner heard from King, who said Love came to the home of former boyfriend Jim Barber and found King asleep on a sofa. She said Love grabbed a liquor bottle and threw it at her head, also threw a lit candle and pinched her breasts.
Neighbor Marilyn Corre testified she was awakened by yelling and crying coming from the house next door and saw a woman in distress come out. "Then I saw another woman come charging out," she testified. "She had in her hand an extremely large torch [flashlight], silver in color."
She identified Love as the woman with the flashlight. She said Love also threw a cell phone onto the ground. "They were yelling at each other," the witness said.
Of the flashlight, Corre said, "It was being used like a weapon. It was in her hand and up in the air." Describing Love, Corre said, "She swung her arm forward. She was running toward the other young lady."
The witness said Love never struck the other woman in her presence because Barber came out, grabbed Love and pulled her into the house. "I think that had Jim Barber not stepped in she would have gone ahead and hit her," she said.
Corre said King came to her house and called a taxi to take her home. "She said she had been attacked in the house," Corre said. "She showed me some red marks on her neck and on her face. She was shaking. She'd been crying very badly."
In final arguments, Weitzman urged that the charge be reduced to a misdemeanor. He said the case was a situation of "she said, she said" and that the account given by the victim might not be completely truthful.
Deputy District Attorney Gina Satriano said it was clear that Love intended to cause great bodily injury and even if she did not cause such injuries, the intent supported the charge.
During testimony King said there had been discussion of a financial settlement with Love to avoid a trial. She acknowledged that at one point her own attorney suggested a figure of $90,000, but there was no testimony on what became of the negotiations.
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