Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Beverly Hills, 90210

I work in Beverly Hills, and pass by the courthouse on my way to the office. Now I know why I got held up by the throngs of news trucks swarming the streets this morning…

As reported in Billboard today:


Bench Warrant Issued For Courtney Love

A Beverly Hills, Calif., judge issued a bench warrant today (Feb. 11) for singer/actress Courtney Love after she failed to show up for a hearing on felony drug possession charges.

Superior Court Judge Elden Fox agreed to hold his arrest order until next Tuesday to give Love time to comply. Her attorney said Love was a no-show because of "security concerns" but gave no further explanation.

Love was charged with possessing the prescription painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone in connection with a "medical emergency" (uh, meaning : overdose) that landed her in a hospital in October.

She also was scheduled to appear for trial on Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Love, 39, has pleaded innocent to all of charges.

Both cases stem from Love's Oct. 2 arrest outside the Beverly Hills home of a boyfriend, where police said she was breaking windows in the middle of the night. After being released on bail hours later, she was taken to a local hospital for what police called "a medical emergency."


I had my own encounter with Ms. Love back in December, which involved her flopping her hair extensions and body around a lot and poking people in the shoulder while yelling at them about things that no one really understood. She’d been across the street at another club earlier, storming the stage and stealing the spotlight from the band that was already on it. She wore yellow caution tape ripped from a construction site across her chest like a sash, and yelled “Get me back to Promises!” from the van she was being driven in as she left the scene. Promises is the name of a rehab center out here, but I was later told it’s not the one she was supposed to be checked into at that time. Whatever. She was everything I expected her to be – a total mess. We were all amused and frightened at the same time.

Courtney will do just fine in lock up, I’m sure…