September 16, 2005

Rocker Courtney Love sentenced to 180-day rehab

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A subdued Courtney Love, clutching
a copy of Bob Dylan's autobiography, was sentenced on Friday to
180 days in jail for violating her probation, but will serve
her time in a live-in drug treatment center.

The troubled rocker has been living at a lock-down
substance abuse facility since admitting in August she had used
drugs, a violation of her probation. A Los Angeles judge said
she would be spared jail time because of the headway she made
in rehabilitation.

"I'm very pleased with your progress. I think this is an
excellent first step on the road to recovery," Superior Court
Judge Rand Rubin told Love after studying a report on her

The 41-year-old singer, who came to court carrying Dylan's
book "Chronicles" and wearing dark sunglasses, will not be
allowed to leave the clinic except for emergencies and would be
subject to random drug tests. Rubin ordered her back to court
on November 18 and extended her probation, which stems from
drug and assault convictions, until March 2007.

"Thank you very much, your honor," Love said quietly,
before leaving court with an eight-person entourage. A man who
was with Love, the former singer for rock group Hole, barred
journalists from riding in a courthouse elevator with her and
shoved a reporter who tried.

Love's 13-year-old daughter with late rock star Curt
Cobain, Frances Bean, was not in court. Love's attorney, Howard
Weitzman, said the girl was "being taken care of." Weitzman
declined to say who was caring for the girl and the matter was
not discussed in court.

"She wants to see her mom complete her treatment and come
home," Weitzman said of the girl. Cobain, lead singer of the
popular rock band Nirvana, killed himself in 1994.

Love was sued on Friday by a woman whom prosecutors say she
attacked at the home of her ex-boyfriend in April. Love pleaded
no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge in that case, and is
serving probation in part for that conviction.

Musician Kristin King claims in her Superior Court civil
lawsuit that Love slapped her, hit her with a whiskey bottle
and a large lit candle and pinched her breast. King, who
attended Love's court hearing, seeks unspecified damages for
assault, battery, false imprisonment and other claims.