Courtney Love struck a plea agreement with New York prosecutors in her third-degree assault case on Wednesday (October 20), pleading guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct and thus resolving one of the three criminal cases against her.
The singer had been facing more serious charges of third-degree assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly throwing a microphone stand into the crowd and injuring a fan during a show in March (see "Courtney Love Says Mic-Stand Accuser Is Motivated By Money" ). The two charges each carried one-year sentences.
"I just wanted it to be over," Love told reporters after the court appearance. "What do you do? It's about rock and roll. It's not even sexism, so this one really kind of bugs me. I played a rock show. I didn't do anything. I mean, if the kid got hit ... I don't think he did, but he may have. I wasn't on drugs. It just strikes me as a little un-American when you plead [guilty] to something you didn't do."
Judge Melissa Jackson granted her a conditional discharge for the misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which requires Love to meet certain criteria by October 2005. If she does, the charge will be dropped and her case will be sealed.
Under those terms, according to the New York district attorney's office, Love is ordered to remain drug-free by undergoing a drug-treatment program, getting individual and group counseling, and submitting to random drug tests as well as regularly scheduled progress reports. She also has to pay $2,236 in restitution of medical expenses to the injured party — who needed three staples in his head — and avoid committing any other crimes. If she doesn't comply with all of the above, she faces 15 days in jail.
"But what happens if I get arrested and I didn't do it?" Love asked the court.
"If the defendant commits no new crime," Assistant District Attorney David Filer answered, the charge will be determined "on a case-by-case basis."
Love still faces charges in Los Angeles in two felony cases, one for illegal possession of prescription drugs and another for assault with a deadly weapon. Her felony drug trial starts on November 3 (see "Prosecutors Ask Courtney Love To Turn Over Prescriptions"), while she has a preliminary hearing on October 27 for the assault case (see "Courtney Love Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge"). In May, she resolved a misdemeanor drug case by pleading guilty to being under the influence, and received a sentence of drug treatment, for which her deadline to enroll is October 29 (see "Courtney Love Sentenced To Rehab" ).
Love will begin a brief tour in San Diego on October 24.