After being hospitalized in New York on Friday, Courtney Love was released Monday night, only to be transferred to another facility. A diagnosis of her ailment has yet to be disclosed, and a warrant remains outstanding for her arrest.
On Friday, police were called to Love’s apartment in SoHo after receiving complaints that she was throwing bottles from her window. A police officer at the scene told reporters that the singer had told him she had an abortion the previous day (Love herself had told reporters at her last New York court date that she was pregnant). Later that same day, emergency medical personnel arrived at Love’s apartment after receiving a 911 call reporting that a woman at that location had had a miscarriage. As she was placed in the ambulance, she cried, “Why?” and “Help!” to people standing nearby. She was handcuffed to her stretcher, police said, because she refused medical attention and was acting in an irrational manner.
At the hospital, Love’s pregnancy test turned up negative, and it was determined that there had been no miscarriage, according to a source close to the situation. A separate source close to the singer said that Love had been kept in the hospital for a 72-hour watch, to see if she was a danger to herself or others, and to make sure that the effect of any drugs that could be in her system were dissipated before she was evaluated. Love was then released Monday night from Bellevue hospital and transferred to an undisclosed facility, according to her spokesperson.
The singer’s lawyer Michael Rosenstein said that his client was dealing with “a gynecological medical condition,” and noted that it was “not a suicide attempt, not drug-related, not drug-overdose-related.” He told reporters that Love is afraid that she’ll be arrested while she’s in New York, and that she “wants to defend [herself against] the charges, and what she is looking to do now is get back into [California] without going through an arrest, which would be stressful on anyone, much less someone just out of the hospital.”
The bench warrant issued for Love’s arrest stems from her failure to appear in a Los Angeles court on Friday for her scheduled arraignment on a felony assault charge. No arrangements have been made for the singer to turn herself in, to hold the warrant or to postpone her upcoming court hearing on Thursday on a separate felony drug-possession charge, according to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office. “We have received nothing in writing or orally,” said Jane Robison, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. “It stands exactly as it is.”
Love is also due in court in Los Angeles on Friday, for sentencing on a misdemeanor drug charge stemming from October, to which she pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement that could send her to rehab instead of jail. Love also has an assault case waiting for her in New York, for charges of assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand. She’s due back in court on that charge on September 7.