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Courtney Love will stand trial for drug charges

Police found prescription painkillers in her bedroom last October; her lawyers claim she had prescriptions for the drugs.
/ Source: Reuters

A Beverly Hills judge ruled Thursday that rocker Courtney Love must stand trial on two felony drug possession charges despite claims by her lawyers that she had prescriptions for the painkillers police found in her bedroom last October.

Superior Court Judge Elden Fox found “reasonable and probable” cause to bind the 39-year-old singer over for trial after hearing testimony from a police officer called to Love’s Beverly Hills home on Oct. 2 for a “medical emergency.”

Beverly Hills police Officer Douglas Trerise testified that he arrived at Love’s home at 5:30 a.m. and was called to her bedroom, where she “gave (him) a plastic baggie with pills ... from the foot of the bed.”

An analysis showed that the pills were the prescription painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, Trerise said.

Love, the widow of late grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, was taken to a hospital after police discovered the drugs.

Hours earlier, she had been arrested outside a boyfriend’s Los Angeles home on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs and of breaking windows.

Love, who headed the now-defunct rock band Hole, was charged with a misdemeanor in that incident and faces a separate trial Friday in Los Angeles.

Defense attorney Michael Rosenstein offered no defense to the officer’s testimony Thursday but he said outside court: “We do believe that we’ll provide prescriptions” to show that Love was allowed to possess the drugs.

Rosenstein said he was “outraged” by prosecutors’ decision to go forward with Thursday’s proceedings after Love waived her right to hear the evidence against her at the hearing.

“This is a celebrity and they want their moment in the sunshine,” he said.

Love came to court in a black strapless dress with rhinestone trim and carrying a book entitled “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene.

Love is scheduled to perform Thursday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno to promote her debut solo album, “America’s Sweetheart,” her first release in six years, the network said.

Love’s legal and personal troubles have multiplied in recent months — in addition to the two California criminal cases, she faces assault charges in New York stemming from an altercation in a nightclub last month.