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Trial date set in Courtney Love drug case

/ Source: Reuters

A judge Monday set a Sept. 30 trial for troubled rocker Courtney Love on charges of illegally possessing prescription painkillers.

Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox told Love, 40, the felony trial would begin that day or as many as 10 days later.

The charges stem from an incident last October in which the former Hole lead singer was rushed to the hospital for what police described as a “medical emergency.”

Hours earlier, Love had been arrested and released by police who said they found her breaking windows in the middle of the night outside the Los Angeles home of her former boyfriend.

Separate misdemeanor charges arising from that arrest were settled in May when Love pleaded guilty to being under the influence of drugs. She was later sentenced to an 18-month outpatient drug treatment program.

Love, the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, also faces a felony assault charge arising from an altercation with another woman in April in Los Angeles. She was expected to be arraigned on that charge Monday, but her lawyer, Ross Nabatoff, said the matter was reset for this coming Friday.

The judge also set a Sept. 1 hearing on the drug possession charges but ruled that Love does not have to appear. Another of Love’s lawyers, Michael Rosenstein, has said he was trying to work out a plea bargain in that case.

The entertainer was present for Monday’s brief hearing but left the courthouse without stopping to talk with a group of reporters who were gathered outside.

Nabatoff said Love is doing fine and recently performed at a rock festival in Japan.

Love also has been charged with reckless endangerment in New York City, where she is accused of throwing a microphone stand into the audience during a nightclub appearance.