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Judge issues bench warrant for Courtney Love

Singer failed to show up for felony drug hearing
/ Source: Reuters

A Beverly Hills judge issued a bench warrant Wednesday 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 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” that landed her in a hospital in October.

She also was scheduled to appear for trial 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.”

Love, the widow of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, lost custody of their 11-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, after her arrest. The singer-actress won a Golden Globe award for her role in the 1996 film “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”