Courtney Love Hospitalized, Misses Court

By | July 12, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Troubled rock star Courtney Love was taken to a New York hospital on her 40th birthday after missing an arraignment on an assault charge in California, her lawyer said.

“It is not a suicide attempt, not drug-related, not drug-overdose related,” Michael Rosenstein said Friday. “It’s a gynecological medical condition for which she is receiving treatment.”

Rosenstein and Love’s publicist did not return phone calls Saturday to update her condition.

Photographs showed Love on a stretcher, and published reports said witnesses saw the singer being put into an ambulance outside her Manhattan apartment.

The New York City fire and police departments confirmed that emergency personnel took a woman from Love’s address to Bellevue Hospital on Friday, but they would not confirm her identity.

Medical workers responded to the apartment to a report of a miscarriage at about 5:15 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Susan Blake said.

Love, former lead singer of the band Hole, has coast-to-coast legal troubles, prompting her to reschedule a summer tour that was intended to support her new album, “America’s Sweetheart.”

Earlier Friday, a warrant was issued for her arrest when Love failed to appear in a Los Angeles court for arraignment on an assault charge stemming from an April 25 incident at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend.

Love, widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, also faces charges for illegal possession of prescription painkillers.

Rosenstein told a Los Angeles court that Love was in New York City and was confused about whether she was required to be at the California hearing.

Court Commissioner Dennis E. Mulcahy said there was no excuse for her failure to appear. He said she forfeited her $55,000 bail and he set a new bail of $150,000.

The warrant was entered in a national law enforcement database, meaning police could arrest Love at any time, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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