Courtney Love Wanted For Allegedly Beating Woman With Flashlight

Singer charged with assault with a deadly weapon for April incident.

An arrest warrant was issued for Courtney Love on Wednesday.

Love has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon — a felony — for allegedly attacking Kristin King, a friend of her former manager/boyfriend, James Barber, at his Los Angeles home "on or about" April 25.

According to the warrant, Love "did willfully and unlawfully commit an assault" upon King with a bottle and a metal flashlight "by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury." The complaint was lodged by King herself and not Barber, according to the district attorney's office. However, Barber is a witness, the LAPD said.

The Superior Court of the State of California's Judge Craig E. Veals ordered the arrest warrant on June 2. Bail was set at $55,000 based on Love's prior arrest record, the seriousness of the crime and the fact that the crime was committed while Love was released from custody on bail from another charge.

No warrant has been served to Love yet, according to her lawyer Michael Rosenstein. "The charges are completely bogus," he said. "We just became aware of the charges. She is not a fugitive. We are making arrangements for her to turn herself in."

Rosenstein said Love is not in Los Angeles and that plans are being made for her to turn herself in next week when she returns. "We are cooperating with police," he added. "We expect her to be vindicated."

According to the court document, Love will be required to undergo DNA testing, based on the seriousness of the crime. Love has been ordered to provide two specimens of blood, a saliva sample, and thumb and palm print impressions.

On her Web site Wednesday morning (June 9), Love posted a note that read, "Barber is f---ing insane. WHAT????"

The is just the latest in a string of charges against Love in the past year. In October she was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Hours later, police were called to Love's Beverly Hills, California, home for a medical emergency and found the singer with an unspecified amount of the prescription painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone (see "Courtney Love Rushed To Hospital For Drug OD Following Arrest").

Love has also been charged with assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand during a March 17 performance at New York club Plaid (see "Courtney Love Says Mic-Stand Accuser Is Motivated By Money").


For more on Love, check out Kurt Loder's interview, "Courtney Love, Grievous Angel."

[This story was updated on 06.09.2004 at 5:20 p.m. ET]