Courtney Love Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge

Singer actually arrives in court early.

Courtney Love made her second court appearance in Los Angeles this week, pleading not guilty to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on Friday.

The singer, who has a history of arriving late to court, actually arrived early for the arraignment, which lasted about 10 minutes, according to a court clerk. The arraignment had been originally scheduled to take place on July 9 but the singer did not appear, causing Judge Dennis Mulcahy to issue an arrest warrant. She was hospitalized later that day in New York (see "Courtney Love Hospitalized After Missing Court Date"). When Love turned herself in later that month, her bail was increased to $150,000.

Love is accused of attacking Los Angeles musician Kristin King with a liquor bottle and a metal flashlight at the Los Angeles home of her ex-boyfriend/ex-manager James Barber on April 25 (see "Courtney Love Turns Herself In To Face Assault Charge"). Mulcahy issued a restraining order on Friday barring the singer from contacting or coming within 100 yards of her alleged victim, except through her lawyer.

"I'm scared," Love told reporters outside the courtroom, while crying. "It's scary. I just want to play music, and being in that court and having a judge say, 'The state of California versus' me, it's just scary."

Earlier this week, Love appeared in a Beverly Hills courtroom for a separate hearing on felony charges of illegal possession of prescription painkillers. A trial in that case has been set for September 30 (see "Courtney Love's Court Tour Continues"). Love is also due back in court in New York on September 7 for a hearing on separate charges of assault and reckless endangerment.

A preliminary hearing was set for the Los Angeles assault case to take place on October 7. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.