Courtney Love Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Rap

Courtney Love Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Rap
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updated 05/26/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/2004 08:00AM

Courtney Love pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of cocaine and other controlled substances, and agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

Under the plea deal reached in Los Angeles Superior Court, the former Hole singer, 39, will be spared any jail time and will have the conviction removed from her record if she completes the treatment program, prosecutors tell Reuters.

In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from her arrest last October outside the L.A. home of her ex-boyfriend, manager Jim Barber.

Speaking before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg, Love – wearing a subdued lilac-colored sweater (in contrast to some dramatic past outfits worn to court) – softly answered, "Guilty," when asked for her plea. She also replied, "Yes," several times when asked if she understood the terms of the plea agreement, the Associated Press reports.

Sentencing has been set for July 16.

Assistant City Attorney Jerry Baik told reporters outside the courtroom that rehab will consist of an outpatient program scheduled to last several months and include classes, counseling and, in all likelihood, random drug testing.

"It's not an unbearable program," said Baik. "It's something that can do more benefit to her than hurt her." Love had no comment.

At the end of the program, Love may petition to have the case dismissed. If she fails the drug program, she could be sentenced to at least 90 days in jail.

In a separate case, Love faces felony charges in Beverly Hills, where she has pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of prescription painkillers. If convicted, she could receive up to three years and eight months behind bars.

In yet another case, on May 13 Love was arraigned in New York on charges of assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand at a club in March.

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