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Court orders Courtney Love into rehab. Sentenced on misdemeanor drug charge, she's ordered to spend 18 months receiving treatment

''Well, let's see, America. Can I stop taking pills?'' That was the rhetorical question Courtney Love posed to reporters on Tuesday outside the Los Angeles courthouse where she'd just been sentenced to undergo 18 months of drug treatment. ''I have to stop drinking. That's funny. I think I can do it,'' the rocker said.

The sentence was a response to Love's guilty plea in May to a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance during an incident last October when she was accused of trying to break into former manager and boyfriend Jim Barber's house. The sentence allows her to travel, but she must attend weekly counseling sessions for six months. She's also barred from drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol, which could make it difficult for her to book club performance dates. If she complies for 18 months, the conviction may be wiped from her record.

Love was given until Oct. 29 to enroll in a rehab program, but her attorney, Michael Rosenstein, told reporters she had already done so. According to Reuters, he said that she's been drug-free and undergoing rehab since shortly after her hospitalization in New York on July 9, her 40th birthday, for what he said at the time was an unspecified gynecological ailment. Days later, she checked into an unnamed Connecticut clinic for two weeks, he said, and she enrolled in a West Coast program upon her return to Los Angeles last Friday. ''She's in treatment currently and she's sober currently and will continue to be,'' Rosenstein said.

Love still has three other cases pending against her. She's due in court on Thursday in Beverly Hills for a pre-trial hearing to address one of them, a felony case in which she's accused of illegal possession of painkillers. On August 20, she'll be arraigned in Los Angeles on an assault charge, having been accused of attacking a woman with a bottle and a flashlight at Barber's house in April. And on Sept. 7, she's due back in Manhattan, where she's charged with assault for a March incident during a nightclub performance in which she allegedly tossed a microphone stand into the audience and struck a patron. Love has denied the charges against her in all three cases. As she said to reporters outside the her sentencing hearing on Tuesday, ''Do you guys think that maybe these court dates are a little much?''

Originally posted Jul 28, 2004
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