Courtney's Latest Courthouse Show

Singer Courney Love exits state Supreme court following her hearing, Thursday, May 13, 2004, in New York. She is facing charges for allegedly throwing a microphone stand and striking a man in the head at a New York City nightclub in March.(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano) AP

Rocker Courtney Love was arraigned Thursday on charges of assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand, then, after the arraignment, she delivered a rambling speech in a women's bathroom about the ex-boyfriend whose Los Angeles home she was accused of breaking into last year.

Inside the courtroom, she put on another show, reports Irene Cornell of WCBS-AM Radio. She swept into the courthouse, dressed in shocking pink, and signed autographs, apologized to court officers for the chaos that surrounded her, and waved to the judge.

She even grabbed a chalk from a courtroom artist to improve on the sketch. "C'mon, I'm prettier than that," she cried, as she proceeded to change the nose, add some thick, dark eyelashes and dark circles under eyes.

She was nearly two hours late for Thursday's arraignment.

Love was in court Thursday because, according to prosecutors, she hit Gregory Burgett, 24, of London, Ky., in the head with a mike stand as she performed at the East Village club Plaid on March 18.

She was arrested after Burgett needed three staples in his head and said he wanted to press charges, police and witnesses said.

She pleaded innocent before Judge Kathryn Freed and was released on her own recognizance; the case was adjourned until June 28.

Her attorney, Scott Tulman, said the length of time until the next hearing could allow Love's case to be resolved out of court.

"We're discussing this with the (district attorney's) office and are hopeful that we can resolve this amicably," he said.

Prosecutors released statements she made to cops at the time. "There were four blondes onstage. How did you know it was me?" she said to police, according to the reports.

After the arraignment, a swarm of reporters followed Love into the restroom and then outside the courthouse.

Asked about the New York case, Love launched into a stream-of-consciousness harangue about ex-boyfriend Jim Barber that also touched on actor Russell Crowe, her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and her late husband Kurt Cobain's Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novacelic.

"You do not sleep with married men," Love said during the impromptu news conference in the women's bathroom at Manhattan Criminal Court.

Love, 39, filed a lawsuit Dec. 15, 2000, against Lesley Barber, the former wife of Jim Barber, an executive at Geffen Records. The suit was later settled.

The lawsuit charged that Lesley Barber stalked her, threatened to burn her house down and ran over Love's foot with her Volvo.

Meanwhile, Love faces misdemeanor charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct after being arrested for allegedly trying to break into Jim Barber's home on Oct. 2.

Love interrupted her monologue once or twice to sign autographs.

When a courtroom artist asked Love to sign her sketch of the morning's hearing, Love instead scribbled a mustache and some dark hair on her picture.

Love, whose husband Kurt Cobain, killed himself in their Seattle home in 1994, gained independent fame with her band Hole and her role in the film "The People vs. Larry Flynt." Love has admitted using heroin in the past but has said she has cleaned up her act.

She recently released a solo album, "America's Sweetheart."
  • Jaime Holguin

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