Thursday, March 18, 2004
Courtney Takes NYC Lands in Jail
Troubled rock star Courtney Love landed herself
in a Manhattan jail early Thursday morning.
From the moment of her arrival to tape a Late
Night with David Letterman appearance, Courtney was clearly
off the charts, and her behavior only became more bizarre as
the night wore on, but the capper came when the rocker was arrested
for allegedly striking a fan with a microphone stand at a posh
Courtneys calamitous night kicked off with a shouting
match with paparazzi, telling them to go f*** yourself!
as she arrived at the Letterman show to promote her new album,
titled Americas Sweetheart.
The craziness continued during the taping as Courtney gave Dave
flashbacks of Drew Barrymores infamous appearance
on his show times six as the rocker repeatedly
lifted her shirt and exposed herself. She also gestured to her
breasts and said FCC, and smoked a cigarette in
defiance of New Yorks strict anti-smoking laws.
Love left Letterman with her new bandmates for a concert by
the alternative band "The Vines." Her offbeat antics
continued after the show, when Love made a pit stop at a Wendy's,
where a fan approached her and the two engaged in x-rated public
behavior once again involving her breasts.
And the hits kept coming: next stop, the club called Plaid,
where Courtney and band put on a wild show.
Michael Musto of the "Village Voice" was at the concert
and tells us, "Before the show, she warned the fans, this
could be the worst show they'll ever see, or maybe the best."
But Musto says trouble started early: "There was a guy
who actually threw a glass at her onstage."
Its unclear if that had anything to do with Love allegedly
throwing the mic stand into the crowd, striking a fan in the
"Extra" has learned that the victim, 24 year-old Gregory
Burgett, is a tourist from Kentucky visiting friends in New
York. He was rushed to this hospital and is reported in stable
Courtneys wild night ended at the police station where
she was charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree
assault. It was a more subdued Love who left the precinct Thursday
Love is facing felony drug charges in California. She broke
down in tears during a court appearance Tuesday, upset at ongoing
delays in her case; she had arrived two hours late and been
scolded by the judge for talking out of turn.
Known for scathing hard-rock songs like Violet and
Awful, Love has always had a notorious public persona.
She was arrested last October after allegedly trying to break
into a former boyfriends home in Los Angeles and, after
an apparent overdose that later followed, was charged with two
counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance cops
say they found in her home.
Courtney continues to insist that the drugs were medications
prescribed under a doctors care, telling Letterman that
her case involved one expired Percocet and one Ambien.