Making her first public appearance since being hospitalized as a fugitive two weeks ago, rocker Courtney Love was sentenced today (July 27) to mandatory drug treatment in one of four criminal cases against her.
“I’ve got to stop drinking. It’s gonna be fun,” the 40-year-old widow of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain told a mob of reporters outside the Los Angeles courthouse following the brief proceeding. “It’s profound … it’s deep.”
Judge Patricia Schnegg ordered Love to enroll in a court-approved rehabilitation program for the duration of an 18-month probation, during which the performer must submit to random drug tests and engage in substance abuse counseling.
If she successfully completes the program and abides by the terms of her probation, Love will be spared any jail time and have her conviction in the case removed from her record.
Love pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of cocaine, stemming from her arrest last Oct. 2 outside the Los Angeles home of her former manager and boyfriend, where police said she was found breaking windows in the middle of the night.
Hours later, Love was treated at a local hospital for what police described as a “medical emergency” in an incident that led to separate felony charges of illegal possession of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
She faces a Beverly Hills court hearing on the possession charge on Thursday and an arraignment in Los Angeles next month on yet another case, felony assault charges arising from a fight she had with another woman in April. Love also has been charged with reckless endangerment in New York related to a Manhattan nightclub incident.
Although Love was given until Oct. 29 to enroll in a rehab program, her lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, told reporters his client has been sober and undergoing drug treatment since shortly after her hospitalization in New York on July 9.
A Los Angeles judge that day issued an arrest warrant for Love when she failed to appear for a hearing in the assault case, rejecting Rosenstein’s explanation that Love had been confused about whether her presence was required.
Hours later, Love was carried handcuffed on a stretcher from her Manhattan apartment and taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where according to Rosenstein she was admitted for treatment of an unspecified gynecological problem. She began drug rehab there and was later moved to a hospital in Connecticut to continue her treatment, he said.
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