As part of a plea agreement expected to send her to rehab instead of prison, Courtney Love is now pleading guilty to charges of being under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles.
Love had previously pleaded not guilty, and the singer had contested toxicology results collected by police during her arrest in October. She was charged with one misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance following a disturbance outside the home of her ex-boyfriend/manager (see "Courtney Love Faces Up To A Year In Jail For Drug Charge"). The toxicology tests determined the singer was on cocaine and other drugs (see "Courtney Love Tested Positive For Cocaine, Prosecutor Says").
A second misdemeanor charge stemming from the same incident, brought for public intoxication while putting oneself or others in harm's way, was added in March (see "Courtney Love Hit With Disorderly Conduct Charge"). That charge will be dismissed when Love returns to court for sentencing on July 16, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
Love also still faces felony drug-possession charges in Los Angeles, but the judge in that case has waived Love's mandatory court appearances during the pretrial phase, according to the district attorney's office. The next date in that case is June 4. A conviction in that case could hurt her eligibility for rehab in the under-the-influence case, since prior felony convictions usually prevent people from taking advantage of the California program that allows nonviolent drug offenders to receive treatment instead of jail time.
"All indications are that she will go to rehab, but that's pending the felony and the official sentencing [for the misdemeanor]," said Frank Mateljian, spokesperson for the city attorney's office. "In the interim, we're sending over her criminal history for the judge to review, and that will inform the judge whether she's eligible for the drug-treatment program."
Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg asked Love several times on Tuesday (May 25) whether she understood the terms of the plea agreement. Love said she did.
Assistant City Attorney Jerry Baik told reporters that Love's rehab effort would be an outpatient program with classes, counseling and possible random drug testing, and that it would last several months. At the end of a successful program, the misdemeanor case would be dismissed. If she fails the program, or is determined to be ineligible for rehab at her sentencing, she'll face up to a year in jail.
Since her arrest, Love has already completed one round of rehab in the fall at Wavelengths in Malibu (see "Courtney Love Has Been In Rehab For Two Weeks, Lawyer Reveals").
Love is scheduled to go on tour with her new band the Chelsea, with dates starting June 18 in New Haven, Connecticut, and running through July 23 in Hollywood. Her New York concert coincides with her court date there for third-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges (see "Courtney Love Arrested After Allegedly Striking Fan With Mic Stand").
Courtney Love tour dates, according to her publicist:
- 6/18 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
- 6/19 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's at the Strand
- 6/23 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
- 6/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 6/26 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
- 6/28 - New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
- 6/29 - Washington, DC @ Nation
- 6/30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rock Jungle
- 7/2 - Dewey Beach, DW @ Bottle & Cork
- 7/6 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo
- 7/11 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
- 7/13 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
- 7/17 - Anaheim, CA @ Ventura Theatre
- 7/23 - Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium