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Courtney Love surrenders to police on assault charge -- Accused of attacking a woman with a bottle and a flashlight, the rocker turns herself in and is freed on bail

Courtney Love's legal woes continued on Friday as she surrendered to Los Angeles police on an outstanding warrant charging assault. Love turned herself in, was booked, and was released on $55,000 bail, the Associated Press reports. The warrant, issued earlier in the week, stemmed from a complaint by Kristin King that Love had assaulted her with a bottle and a metal flashlight in April. Love's lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, told reporters at the police station that the rocker would plead not guilty.

According to MTV News, King is a singer-guitarist with a Los Angeles rock trio, Black Heat 7. She'd sought career advice from Love, via Love's former boyfriend and manager, Jim Barber. King was crashing on Barber's couch and was meeting Love for the first time when the alleged incident occurred. Love, who told TV's ''Extra,'' ''I don't know this person. Literally, just don't know her,'' is due to be arraigned on July 9 and faces a possible four-year prison term if convicted.

The incident allegedly occurred at the same house where Love reportedly tried to break in back in October. In that incident, she's pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance and will be sentenced on July 16; the Los Angeles Superior Court is expected to order her to undergo rehab in lieu of jail time. She also faces a possession charge incurred later that same October day in Beverly Hills when police allegedly found her with painkillers without a prescription. Love has denied that charge, which comes to court in a pretrial hearing on July 15. And she has another pending assault case, to which she has also pleaded not guilty, in New York, for allegedly hitting a nightclub patron with a microphone stand she tossed from the stage during a March performance. The next court date for that case is June 28. Somewhere in there, Love is also finding time for a cross-country tour to promote last winter's ''America's Sweetheart,'' her solo debut.

Originally posted Jun 14, 2004
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