Love to Stand Trial on Drug Charges

updated 04/15/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/15/2004 1:41PM

Courtney Love will stand trial on two felony drug-possession charges stemming from her arrest last October, a Beverly Hills judge ruled Thursday -- despite claims by her lawyers that she had prescriptions for the painkillers.

Superior Court Judge Elden Fox scheduled her arraignment for April 30, prompting Love to protest: "I'm on tour," the Associated Press reports. Her lawyer, however, said the singer would present herself.

Beverly Hills police Officer Douglas Trerise testified that he arrived at Love's home at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 2 and was called to her bedroom, where she "gave (him) a plastic baggie with pills ... from the foot of the bed." A subsequent analysis proved the pills to be Oxycodone and hydrocodone, Trerise reportedly said.

Earlier that evening, Love had been arrested outside ex-boyfriend Jim Barber's Los Angeles home on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs and of breaking windows. (Barber, a music producer, did not press charges.)

Defense attorney Michael Rosenstein offered no defense to the officer's testimony on Thursday but later told reporters outside the courtroom: "We do believe that we'll provide prescriptions" to prove the lawfulness of Love's possession. He also said of his client in regard to the prosecution: "This is a celebrity and they want their moment in the sunshine."

Love, who is scheduled to perform on NBC's "Tonight" show Thursday, came to court wearing a black strapless dress with rhinestone trim and carrying a book titled "The 48 Laws of Power" (by Robert Greene), Reuters reports.

Love recently lost custody of her 11-year-old daughter with late grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean, and told Blender magazine on Wednesday that she was broke after being swindled out of $40 million. A former business associate said Love is in a financial hole to the tune of at least $4 million.

"I'm covered with loser dust," Love told Blender. As for where her money went, she says: "I found out that our dog walker was making $100,000. One person put a BMW on my credit card. My daughter's trust fund has been stolen from to the point where she may have, like, nothing. I can't let this happen to Frances."

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