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Courtney Arrested in L.A.

Singer pinched for failing to appear in court

July 26, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Courtney Love surrendered Friday afternoon to Los Angeles police, who booked the singer on an arrest warrant issued after she failed to turn up for arraignment on an assault charge July 9th.

Love presented herself to detectives at the Wilshire Station around 12:45 p.m., and was booked, fingerprinted and photographed. Her new arraignment was then set for August 20th. "She was totally cooperative," Captain Patrick Findley says. "She was very friendly, very outgoing, and basically amenable to anything we requested of her. She was appreciative for us being able to process her in a timely manner, as was her attorney."

Love's recent legal trouble stems from an April incident in which the singer allegedly attacked a woman with a metal flashlight and a bottle at the L.A. home of her former boyfriend James Barber. The resulting assault charge was not filed until June however, and Love eventually turned herself into police, posting $55,000 bail. She was required to face arraignment on that charge July 9th, but missed the date and the court chose to revoke her bail, issue a bench warrant for her arrest and set new bail at $150,000.

Friday, Love had a bail bondsman on hand who posted the required ten percent of the new bail amount and she was released within a half hour. Though Love had been hospitalized twice in July, once for a "gynecological medical condition" and once for undisclosed causes, authorities said that she seemed fine at the time of her surrender. "She was very lucid, very cooperative in very good spirits and just a pleasure to deal with," Findley says.

Love has a court date this week on drug-related charges that stem from an October incident.

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