Days after telling reporters at a red carpet event that she has been “clean and sober for over a year,” Courtney Love was charged today with violating the terms of her probation.
Los Angeles District Attorney Gina Satriano filed the motion, which accuses Love of being under the influence of a controlled substance at a July 20th event for Liz Phair at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. According to Love’s publicist, a concerned friend of Love’s called an ambulance to take the singer — who had been feeling “faint” and “nauseous” — to a local hospital, from which she was released “immediately.” According to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson, a report was taken and its contents were marked confidential.
This new motion against Love was filed as her lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, returned to court to give reports on the singer’s probation for both a misdemeanor assault charge filed last summer and a misdemeanor health and safety violation, reduced from two felony drugs charges filed in late 2003. Both of Love’s probation deals required that she attend a drug treatment program and be subjected to random narcotics tests.
Though violating her probation could result in a maximum penalty of up to one year in the county jail, a spokesperson for the D.A.’s office said “some sort of treatment program” is far more likely.
Love is due back in court on August 19th. At press time, her representatives could not be reached for comment.