Courtney Love Pleads Guilty to Hitting Man
Love, who made the plea in Manhattan Criminal Court, was charged with hitting Gregory Burgett, 24, of London, Ky., on the head during a show following her taped appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Judge Melissa Jackson granted Love, 40, a conditional discharge, meaning her case will be sealed after one year if she pays Burgett $2,336 to cover medical expenses, joins a drug-treatment program and does not commit any other crimes, the Associated Press reports.
Should Love violate any of these stipulations, she could face 15 days in jail. She also faces a felony assault charge in California for allegedly attacking a woman with a liquor bottle at an ex-boyfriend's home in April. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 27.
"I just wanted it to be over," Love, wearing a long, light-brown suede coat lined with fur, told reporters after her Wednesday New York court appearance. "I played a rock show. I didn't do anything. I wasn't on drugs. Playing a rock show had nothing to do with drugs."
At the time of the microphone incident, Burgett reportedly required three staples to close the wound in his head, and Love was arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault – later reduced to one charge of disorderly conduct.
Asked outside the courthouse if she had had any contact with Burgett since last March, Love replied: "I don't know who that was, but he has a medical bill and I'm paying it."