Rocker Courtney Love appeared intoxicated when arrested last October on suspicion of drug use and told police that she had taken “Hillbilly Heroin,” or the painkiller OxyContin, one of the officers testified Monday.
The officer, who with a partner found Love outside her ex-boyfriend’s home in the middle of the night last October, said during a pretrial hearing in the case that the 39-year-old singer also admitted breaking windows of the house.
“She admitted to taking Hillbilly Heroin, the street name for OxyContin,” Officer Scott Blackman, adding that Love had symptoms of intoxication that included “slow, slick, slurred speech and mucous around both nostrils.”
Love’s pupils were also dilated to 8 millimeters, nearly double the average size, Blackman said, and her pulse was 126 beats per minute, much faster than normal.
“She was off-balance. She couldn’t stand on her own,” Blackman said. “She had to lean on the police car.”
Love, the widow of late grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, is also charged with disorderly conduct. She did not attend the hearing, at which her attorney Michael Rosenstein asked a judge to toss out a urine test and other evidence against her, including her statements to police.
Rosenstein argued that the officers didn’t have good cause to question Love about the drugs she may have taken because she wasn’t driving and her ex-boyfriend didn’t want her arrested.
“It’s very clear, quite frankly, that this was a witch hunt against my client. She’s a very high-profile person,” he said.
But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg refused to throw out the evidence, siding with prosecutors who said that officers investigating one crime can pursue their concerns if they suspect a different offense.
She ordered attorneys for both sides back to court on April 13 to prepare for trial.
Love, former front woman for the rock band Hole, also faces charges of illegal possession of prescription painkillers in a separate case in Beverly Hills. Last month, she was arrested in New York after throwing a microphone stand into a nightclub audience and hitting a man on the head.