Courtney Love's drug case took a small step forward in Los Angeles on Wednesday when prosecutors asked the singer to hand over prescriptions for painkillers found in her possession nearly a year ago. Love has claimed repeatedly that she has the prescriptions, but prosecutors have yet to see proof.
"If we had [the prescriptions], we wouldn't be going to trial," said Jane Robison of the district attorney's office.
Love's trial on the felony drug charges is slated to begin September 30 (see "Courtney Love's Court Tour Continues"). She's pleaded not guilty to the charges of illegal possession of painkillers, stemming from an incident in early October when she overdosed at her home in Beverly Hills (see "Courtney Love Rushed To Hospital For Drug OD Following Arrest"). She faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted.
Meanwhile, Love gave a remarkably coherent interview to the Los Angeles Times last week, addressing the charges from this and two other pending criminal cases and the impact they've had on her life. Love said her court hearings reflect a life she was leading months ago.
"The court cases are like a lagging indicator in economics," she told the newspaper. "They show where I was, not where I am. ... I'm doing OK. I'm doing well, as a matter of fact. It's so stupid, but I even enjoyed the martyrdom. I'm program girl now."
Love has re-teamed with substance-abuse counselor Warren Boyd, who runs Wavelengths in Malibu and whom she had turned to for help in November (see "Courtney Love Has Been In Rehab For Two Weeks, Lawyer Reveals"). Boyd is working as Love's full-time minder now that she's in a treatment program again.
Love's court cases and drug problems have had many ramifications for the singer, from the cancellation of her summer tour (see "Courtney Love Tour Derailed By Singer's Legal Woes") to her temporary loss of custody of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, who was present during the overdose (see "Courtney Love Fighting For Custody Of Daughter Frances Bean"). Love, however, is more concerned about the impact of the drama on her daughter, who was rejected from the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, the singer says, because of her mother's antics.
"All of this hasn't hurt me to the point that I can't get tables at restaurants," Love said. "[But] my problems become her problem too. The consequence she suffered is that she didn't get into a school that she wanted to get into. ... The people at this school were hard on my daughter because of me. That's bogus."
For now, Frances remains in the custody of a nanny and a relative, while the singer stays at a hotel nearby so she can see her daughter often. She hopes to have the custody matter resolved soon and said she's learned her lesson and won't lapse into drug use again.
"It's not worth it to be on any pills," Love said. "As long as I take nothing, nothing bad can happen to me. And I wasn't doing it for everyone else, [although] there's a lot of people here swimming in my stroke."