A bench warrant was issued today (July 9) for the arrest of troubled rock star Courtney Love on her 40th birthday. The artist failed to appear in court for arraignment on an assault charge in Los Ange

A bench warrant was issued today (July 9) for the arrest of troubled rock star Courtney Love on her 40th birthday. The artist failed to appear in court for arraignment on an assault charge in Los Angeles.

Love was in New York and was confused about whether she was required to be in the California courtroom, defense attorney Michael Rosenstein said. Court Commission Dennis E. Mulcahy said there was no excuse for her failure to appear. He said she forfeited her $55,000 bail and he set a new bail of $150,000.

Love has endured coast-to-coast legal troubles and was forced to scrao a summer tour that was intended to support her latest Virgin album, "America's Sweetheart."

Last month she was scolded by a judge when she showed up more than five hours late to a Manhattan court for a hearing on charges of assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand in the East Village in March. She's due back there Sept. 7.

Love was supposed to have been arraigned in Los Angeles on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly attacking a 32-year-old woman with a liquor bottle. The charge involves an April 25 incident at the home of former manager and ex-boyfriend Jim Barber.

Love also was charged in two cases stemming from encounters with police on one night last October. Authorities said cocaine and other opiates were found in Love's system after she was arrested in October for allegedly trying to break into Barber's home. She pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor drug charge and agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

She is also facing a felony case in Beverly Hills Superior Court for alleged illegal possession prescription painkillers. Love allegedly gave officers a small bag of pills after they responded to a call from her home hours after her initial October arrest.


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