Courtney Love was discharged yesterday (July 12) from Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan where she spent the weekend, according to a person close to the performer.

Courtney Love was discharged yesterday (July 12) from Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan where she spent the weekend, according to a person close to the performer. She was admitted to the facility on Friday, her 40th birthday, hours after being declared a fugitive from justice for missing a court appearance in Los Angeles on a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Her Los Angeles-based lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, said Love was hospitalized for treatment of an unspecified gynecological condition. The person close to Love, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to discuss her condition, the reason for her hospitalization or her whereabouts, saying only that she had been discharged from the hospital.

Photographs splashed across New York newspapers showed the singer, appearing distraught and dressed in a camisole, being carried on a stretcher in handcuffs from her Manhattan apartment by paramedics.

According to the New York Times, an ambulance was sent to Love's home when the city Fire Department received an emergency 911 call reporting a miscarriage, and Love told police separately that she had had an abortion on Thursday.

Police had been dispatched to her apartment around noon on Friday after the building supervisor called to report that someone was tossing bottles from a window, but no arrests were made at that time, a police spokesperson said.

The Times said Love had been bantering with bypassers as she sat on the ledge of her open third-floor window, and that a group of photographers on the street had serenaded her with a rendition of "Happy Birthday" until her mood turned somber.

The New York Post reported accounts of neighbors who said Love had spent the previous week roaming the streets of SoHo, asking strangers for cigarettes, peering suspiciously into parked cars and claiming she was being followed.

In Los Angeles Friday morning, a Superior Court commissioner issued a bench warrant for Love's arrest after she failed to appear for an arraignment. The assault charge stems from an altercation with another woman at the Los Angeles home of Love's ex-boyfriend and onetime manager in April.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Love was subject to arrest at any time, but a New York Police Department spokesperson said Los Angeles police had not asked New York police to take her into custody.

In May, Love pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of being under the influence of cocaine, and she was scheduled to appear later this week for a sentencing hearing in that case. She faces separate drug possession charges in Beverly Hills and a reckless endangerment charge in New York.


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