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Courtney Love Dodges Jail

Singer must undergo rehab, anger management

February 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Courtney Love's ongoing criminal troubles finally ended Thursday, when the singer reached plea agreements in two cases she was facing in Los Angeles.

Love faced jail time for a felony assault charge filed by the District Attorney for allegedly hitting local musician Kristin King with a bottle and large table candle at the home of Love's former producer and ex-boyfriend James Barber in April 2004. Thursday morning at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center downtown, that count was reduced to a misdemeanor, and Love was given summary probation under a plea agreement her lawyers reached with prosecutor Gina Satriano. The conditions of the deal require the singer to attend anger management, pay a $1000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service.

Speculating as to why the assault charge was reduced, Love's lawyer Michael Rosenstein told Rolling Stone, "Kristin King was not a credible witness." He added that he believes that King is preparing to file a civil suit. King declined to comment.

Hours later, at the Beverly Hills Courthouse, Love's legal team appeared before Judge Elden S. Fox, who approved a second deal which reduced the singer's two 2003 felony charges of illegally possessing painkillers to one misdemeanor health-and-safety violation. According to Rosenstein, the conditions of that plea require that Love attend a drug rehabilitation program and stay away from drugs and alcohol.

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