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Hole Lot of Trouble

Courtney Love is charged with drug possession. She could face a year in jail after last week's arrest

Courtney Love | LOVE AND THE LAW Courtney faces narcotics charges
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LOVE AND THE LAW Courtney faces narcotics charges

Was she asking for it? Courtney Love was charged on Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, an allegation stemming from her wee-hours arrest last Thursday after she allegedly tried to break into her ex-boyfriend/manager's residence. Los Angeles city attorney's office spokesman Frank Mateljan told MTV News that Love was found to be "under the influence of a narcotic drug classified as an opiate or cocaine,'' though investigators were still awaiting test results to identify the drug.

On the morning of Oct. 2, Los Angeles police picked up Love after she allegedly broke windows to get into a house. Though property records list the house as belonging to Love's former boyfriend and manager Jim Barber, Love said in a post on her website that the house belongs to her. She was booked for investigation of using illegal drugs, posted $2,500 bail, and was released. Forty minutes later, Beverly Hills police and paramedics responded to a call and found Love, who was taken to a hospital and treated for a possible overdose.

Love's website statement says she was on a prescribed anti-anxiety drug, not an illegal narcotic. ''Five words: Don't f--- with a strong sedative," Love wrote on Sunday. ''The controlled substance -- one f---ing word: Xanax!'' Contradicting the city attorney's office account, she said a police officer at the scene conducted a breathalyzer test and ''pronounced me on Xanax!'' After her release, she told the New York Daily News, she took more Xanax, and when she suddenly felt sick, made the second call to police herself. She told the Daily News she ''sat in the emergency room for five hours and left.'' A friend told the paper, ''She's fine,'' and said she does not plan to enter rehab.

The singer/actress is scheduled for arraignment on Friday for the charge, which could lead to a sentence of 90 days to a year behind bars.

Originally posted Oct 09, 2003