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Courtney Love Avoids Jail (Again Again … Again …)

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Courtney Love, 41, has once again slithered through the jailhouse bars (although this time it took a full tub of Crisco – note pic).

She was sentenced Friday to six months in a rehab center for slipping off the druggy wagon while on probation for previous drug offenses and going postal on a woman with a whiskey bottle and a lit candle in her ex-boyfriend’s house in April of ’04.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin sentenced Love to the rehab center, where she has already been living for a month, rather than jail, noting that she had made an “excellent first step” toward recovery. “I’m very pleased with your progress,” the judge also said.

Love will be confined to the center, subject to random drug tests, and the judge extended her probation until March 2007. The former Hole singer and widow of Kurt Cobain thanked the judge. Love’s attorney Howard Weitzman said she “fully intends to make good on her promise to be clean and sober, and I’m hoping she’ll be able to do that.”

Hope yes, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it at this point.

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  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    She’s still mourning the death of her hubby, and has to pick up the drug-using slack left behind by him.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    Leave courtney alone…. anyone who has been through what she has, is immune from critism as far as i am concerned.

    When guys go through something like this (pete dorethy, sid from the sex pistols) they are martyred – when a girl does they are treated as if they are the lowest of the low…

    people also seem to forgot that when you are an addict – you cant just change suddenly… even if you want to

    She deserves empathy, not mocking

  • Eric Olsen

    if there was any mocking here it was pretty damn gentle – I have always wished her well and hoped for the best, but I wonder if someone with less notoriety (and money) would get so many chances.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    I agree Eric, you werent scathing in what you said…

    ” Hope yes, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it at this point. ”

    it was just that bit.. it struck me as perhaps not taking into account the realities of fighting an addiction.

    I disagree with you when say that ‘ she keeps getting chances ‘ – her last album flopped.. despite being a lot better then Mellisa Auf De Maurs.. i sometimes get the feeling that if she had been born a different gender, shed be seen as an Elliot Smith type charactor…. but not – u cant pull that of if you are a girl

  • Eric Olsen

    I’m not sure about that kind of double-standard: the reputations of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe don’t seem to have suffered particularly. I think it is her flamboyance and wild swings (literally and figuratively) that people react to

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    The moral of the story: Don’t battle an addiction in public.

  • Eric Olsen

    good point Matt

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” I think it is her flamboyance and wild swings (literally and figuratively) that people react to ”

    But again – when oasis do it, its rock and roll… when courtney does it, shes clearly loosing it !

    I cant say that I know that much about judy garland or marylin monroe > ?

    But they are both filmstars.. and I think the criteria by which they are judged is different – im also not sure if u can compare people who are dead with people who are alive in terms of how people percieve them…

    when people die – u have this tendency to gloss over things – it would be interesting to know what the press made of them at the time – but even then the press were less intrusive when they were stars, so you cant really compare

    but even the

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” The moral of the story: Don’t battle an addiction in public. ”

    Does she choose to do that ? and even if she does, is that really a bad thing – lots of people are addicted to drugs, and if there was a useful media commentry on it, lots of people would benefit from that

    unfortunatly what you get, is a media obbsessed with coming across as all moral – hence the ‘ junkie courtney ‘ headlines

    the problem is not with courtney, but with the way the media choose to portray and report on her

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Has anyone seen that picture of Frances Bean that ran in the papers a couple of weeks ago with Courtney?

    It’s hard to believe she’s like almost an adult now and that it’s been that long. She’s 13 now and who can imagine that crap she’s been through growing up in such an unstable home where there were constant rumors of her being taken away from her mother her entire life?

    That is all.

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    Does she choose to do that?

    No, she was kidnapped and forced at gunpoint to appear on Comedy Central’s roast of Pam Anderson. And she was paid in crystal meth.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    She has her dad’s distant, haunted eyes already. Do a Google search for “Frances Bean” and you’ll see what I mean.

    It must be even weirder than growing up as Lisa Marie Presley to be Frances Bean Cobain and going to school with a bunch of normal kids.

    That is all.

  • REv

    I can only pray for her safety and ability to overcome the demons raging inside of her.

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Well, who knows if she has demons? She’s still young enough that if she gets a stable, loving home environment (whether that’s with Courtney, other relatives, or grandparents), she may not have any and may just be a really well-adjusted, bright, talented, sweet kid.

    That is all.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” No, she was kidnapped and forced at gunpoint to appear on Comedy Central’s roast of Pam Anderson. And she was paid in crystal meth ”

    with respect i already pre empted that – when i said that regardless of whether she is ‘ an attention whore ‘ – its the medias refusal to debate in adult terms the nature of an addiction that is the real issue here…..

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    its the medias refusal to debate in adult terms the nature of an addiction that is the real issue here

    Donny Deutsch had a segment on one of his shows this week about crystal meth addiction.

    The media may not talk about it through her, but they shouldn’t. To call her a train wreck would make actual train wrecks say “I resent that!”

    Making Love was the posterchild of drug rehab is like making Anna Nicole Smith the posterchild of weight loss.

    Look at Rush Limbaugh and George Carlin. They admitted addications, went into rehab, and came out clean. That’s how you do it. Not in, then out, then back in, than back out, then stabbing someone with a whiskey bottle and releasing an album.

    If — in the immortal words of Dean Wormer — “fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life,” then blonde, high and untalented is no way to go through a high-profile life.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” If — in the immortal words of Dean Wormer — “fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life,” then blonde, high and untalented is no way to go through a high-profile life. ”

    She cant help being blonde… lots of famous people / highly intelligent people have spent their entire adult life being high, and still been incredibly successful. And she isn’t untalented – the album ‘ live through this ’ is a testament to that

    ” Donny Deutsch had a segment on one of his shows this week about crystal meth addiction. ”

    I live in the uk and I have no idea who Donny is. But any attempt to try and argue that the media isnt out of step with the day to day reality of drug use is just flawed..

    The debate is always staged in ridiculously moral terms.. it ignores the fact that for many, drug use is as ordinary as having cornflakes for breakfast – and it comes across as being irrelevant.

    ” Look at Rush Limbaugh and George Carlin. They admitted addictions, went into rehab, and came out clean. That’s how you do it. Not in, then out, then back in, than back out, then stabbing someone with a whiskey bottle and releasing an album. ”

    I think they are from slightly different backgrounds to Courtney.. Its not just her wanting to stop using drugs, its the people she surrounds herself with, her entire way of life, being dependent – that isn’t something which u cant just get sorted by checking into a rehab centre…

    It takes time – and when so many rehab centres are still centred around the 12 Steps concept and asking people to ” believe in a Higher Power / turn their life over to one ” is it any wonder that such programs fail so many ? by focusing on the kind of ‘success stories’ that you mention – the media is not doing what it should be, which is picking up on the flawed and outdated practises still used in many of them

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    I blogged about this earlier, saying:

    “Personally I think this is good news. Maybe now Love can find her talent again and put out an album as good as Live Through This instead of the junk she released – let alone injected and snorted – since then.”

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” instead of the junk she released – let alone injected and snorted – since then. ”

    you forgot about ‘celberity skin’

    but other then that – fine

  • Eric Olsen

    understanding, empathy, sympathy are not the same things as enabling: certainly Courtney has t otake primary responsibility for her own actions and decisions, everyone else is supposed to

  • Michael Hunt

    how anyone can have compassion for a junkie whore is just indicative of how weak and pathetic we’ve become as a society.

    I pray that the widow cobain is found OD’d in a bathroom somewhere so we wouldn’t have to be subjected to the news surrounding the events in her wasted life.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” understanding, empathy, sympathy are not the same things as enabling: certainly Courtney has t otake primary responsibility for her own actions and decisions, everyone else is supposed to ”

    addiction is a mental health issue – ie it isnt as straight forward as that

    ” how anyone can have compassion for a junkie whore is just indicative of how weak and pathetic we’ve become as a society. ”

    are u a republican by any chance ?

    ” I pray that the widow cobain is found OD’d in a bathroom somewhere so we wouldn’t have to be subjected to the news surrounding the events in her wasted life. ”

    in her wasted life, she has achieved far more then most of us ever will… shes reached and positivly influenced millions of people – and im sure even you wouldnt wish a child to loose her mother

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    now she’s a whore?

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    ” now she’s a whore? ”

    I dont think she’d see that as a a bad thing… sleeping around is great ;)

    Whats with all this fake inherited sin !

  • Flash

    Courtney’s battle with addiction is heightened by her celebrity and she opens herself to extreme loathing with her denial. Her embarrassing performance on the Pam Anderson roast was made more so by her constant assertions that she had been clean/sober for a year. “If you’re not on drugs,” Kimmel shot back at one point, “you’ve got real problems.” Denial, of course, is both a major symptom of the disease and obstacle to treatment.
    I like Courtney, but it’s always uncomfortable to watch a train wreck.
    Ignorance, misunderstanding and prejudices surrounding addiction certainly doesn’t help the addicts, their families or others negatively impacted by this very common disease. And the entertainment industry hasn’t done much to help the situation – especially considering the prevalence of the disease there.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    I didn’t forget Celebrity Skin – I didn’t care for it. I thought it far inferior to Live Through This.

    If you ever want to see another, even uglier, side to Love and trip through some unusual conspiracy theories rent the documentary Kurt and Courtney.

  • Mike Hunt

    in her wasted life, she has achieved far more then most of us ever will… shes reached and positivly influenced millions of people – and im sure even you wouldnt wish a child to loose her mother

    Frances Bean Cobain would be better off being raised by a pack of wolves than that junkie whore of a mother, who neither provides the proper guidance or role model example a child deserves. I don’t know who these millions of people are you refer to, but if they must look to a loser like Ms. Love to be “positively impacted,” then they must be equally losers as well. Drug addiction is no achievement. Being a “pop star” is no achievement as well. A lot of people can sing and play guitar, so what? She never would have been famous without first latching on to Cobain.

    If society as a whole would wise up and reject and villify people like this, instead of deifying them, we’d all be much stronger and wiser.

    are u a republican by any chance ?

    No, I am an independent conservative. Why is party affiliation important enough for you to ask?

  • Liberal

    “independent conservative.”

    your oxymoron for the day.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    I think Flash pretty much summarised everything i was trying to say = )

    ” If society as a whole would wise up and reject and villify people like this, instead of deifying them, we’d all be much stronger and wiser ”

    ok quick question for you:

    1. in terms of social engeneering, does villifying people actually send out a postive message ? Or does it just result in an alienated underclass who instead of feeling like help is within reach – are loathed (both by themselves, and by the society that is suppposed to look out for them) ?

    and as a bonus question – how do you think this will effect things like health costs…

    ” If you ever want to see another, even uglier, side to Love and trip through some unusual conspiracy theories rent the documentary Kurt and Courtney. ”

    oh no – not the courtney killed kurt thing !!! look – if someone wants to write an article on that and kick start a discussion, i will gladly rebut every ‘ argument ‘ presented FACT

    ” I didn’t forget Celebrity Skin – I didn’t care for it. I thought it far inferior to Live Through This ”

    Key word…. Subjective = P

    ” No, I am an independent conservative. Why is party affiliation important enough for you to ask? ”

    Ah I kinda guessed the conservative bit, no real reason, well I meant it as a subtle dig if im going to be honest = P *comment made as much in jest as anything else

    ” Frances Bean Cobain would be better off being raised by a pack of wolves than that junkie whore of a mother, who neither provides the proper guidance or role model example a child deserves. ”

    ok…. so whats that based on ? from everything ive heard francis is a healthy kid, who is set up to do really well, courtney has protected her from the media – and gone out of her way to make sure she has a good education, your rebutal ?

    ” I don’t know who these millions of people are you refer to, but if they must look to a loser like Ms. Love to be “positively impacted,” then they must be equally losers as well. Drug addiction is no achievement. Being a “pop star” is no achievement as well. ”

    There is so much to take on there = D

    Hole were an extenstion of the riot grrrl movement – it wasnt just about playing the guitar and angst, hole were a band who represented a lot more then that to their fans.. they were empowering

    ” She never would have been famous without first latching on to Cobain.”

    yeah – but thats only because how sexist the industry is = P

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    So, let me get this straight:

    The following are to blame for the spectacle that is Courtney Love:

    1. The media
    2. Sexism
    3. Republicans
    4. The drugs itself

    The following are not to blame for the spectacle that is Courtney Love:

    1. Courtney Love

    Sounds like the logic Republicans use to exonerate Bush on the war in Iraq.

  • Mike Hunt

    does villifying people actually send out a postive message ? Or does it just result in an alienated underclass…

    First of all, Love is not the member of a social underclass. She represents a negative behavioral archetype and a rather disgusting and unwholesome one at that.
    She is materially wealthy but bereft of scruples, personal decency, and self control. Just because she can pay for a private education and a nice house to for her daughter to live in does not make her a proper parent. Proper parenting entails a whole lot more, such as exhibiting behavior your child can model after. Love is a piss poor role model. Proper parental role models don’t let strangers squeeze their breasts in public. Proper parental role models don’t abuse drugs and commit habitual misdemeanor offenses. She is the poster child for everything that is wrong with an overly tolerant and non-judgmental pop culture that places highly personally flawed celebrities on pedestals.

    As for Love’s true character, one only needs to listen to the interview given by her father in the Kurt and Courtney film. He says everything you need to know, especially the part about her stripper/prostitution experience. She is truly garbage wrapped in skin, to say the least

  • http://adamash.blogspot.com adam

    Jeez,so she has drug problems, like thousands of others. If the government would just let people do their drugs and screw up their own lives the way they want, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

  • Mike Hunt

    Unfortunately, adam, such a permissive view fails to consider the toll drug abuse takes on OTHER people associated with the abuser.

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/sherazqureshi Experiments in Living

    Mathew: I didn’t actually say any of that ? Courtney is ultimately responsible. What I said is that sexism is the reason that Courtney’s band were less likely to be picked up on pre Kurt. That the media should be focusing on making people understand the realities of addiction, and the outdated practices in rehab centers. Not vilification. And that the republican ‘ lets make sure everything has a moral overtone to it ‘ mentality doesn’t help matters.

    Mike: You’ve mis represented my point. No where did I state that Courtney was a member of the underclass. I was responding to a specific point you were making about ‘ junkie / whores ‘ when you said:

    ” If society as a whole would wise up and reject and vilify people like this, instead of deifying them, we’d all be much stronger and wiser.”

    And what I tried to demonstrate was how negative that attitude was. I feel that you have yet to respond.

    ” She is the poster child for everything that is wrong with an overly tolerant and non-judgmental pop culture that places highly personally flawed celebrities on pedestals. ”

    Overly tollerent ? I’m all for pop culture, whether its tatu / the pet shop boys making homosexuality less of a taboo, or Madona making people realise that masterbation isnt so bad… or Kurt Cobain making people aware of depression.

    ” Just because she can pay for a private education and a nice house to for her daughter to live in does not make her a proper parent. Proper parenting entails a whole lot more, such as exhibiting behavior your child can model after. ”

    Surely the only way you can tell if Courtney is a good parent is by looking at Francis. if she comes across as well balanced, and performing well for her age, then at the very least, Courtney’s parenting hasn’t been a huge handicap.

    ” As for Love’s true character, one only needs to listen to the interview given by her father in the Kurt and Courtney film. He says everything you need to know, especially the part about her stripper/prostitution experience. She is truly garbage wrapped in skin, to say the least ”

    You’re point about breast squeezing doesn’t make sense? Courtney isn’t afraid of her body, and when that act is being committed – it isn’t sexual, and it isnt her being degraded, and it isn’t performed in front of her child anyway.

    I would also highly question the accuracy of the Kurt / Courtney film as a source.

  • Eric Olsen

    like I said, there is sympathy and there is enabling: at 41, with a 13 year-old daughter, it is time for HER to make up her mind to change her life. No one else can do it

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Are you sure on that age for her child? Either it’s been longer than I thought since Cobain died – has it been 10 years already? – or that number is off.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Just checked Wikipedia and I was wrong.
    She is 13.

    Man, i’m gettng old! I remember the controversy about Love taking drugs while pregnant with Bean like it was just last year.

  • Eric Olsen

    time flies, unless it doesn’t

  • http://www.djradiohead.com DJRadiohead

    Before we blame men and the media for poor Courtney, let’s keep this in mind…

    Robert Downey Jr. and Scott Weiland both finally had to do actual time in jail (not rehab) for their drug offenses. I do not know if Courtney has gotten more chances at cleaning up or fewer than either of those two men did but it has to be getting close. And if I remember correctly the media were there to give these train wrecks plenty of coverage.

    I don’t think Courtney Love is a victim.

  • Tellis

    How disgusting that a man (Courtney had a sex change, there is viable proof) claimed to be married to this icon, after they (the COG cult) murdered him in 1990. Geffen (and his boyfriend Pitt, who was snogging Love too) helped “it” steal Cobain’s songs and record them with her group. It is a mockery of talent and goodness. Courtney Love, your life is in ruins and soon you will be dead. As will everyone involved in the sacrafice of Kurt Cobain.

    This is not Kurt Cobain’s child, he had no children! Frances Bean belongs to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt (yes, they knew each other long before they married). She is idenical to her parents, and strangly, ever whore Hollywood has ever produced. She is hideous.
    Kurt had unearthly crystal colored eyes, that demon’s eyes are grey just like it’s real father, Brad.
    Kurt Cobain was murdered in 1990, later Courtney Love (whose real mother is actually “Wendy” who falsly claims to be Cobain’s mother) was paid-off to pretend to be married and have a child, all so that the Hollywood 3 could share in the reported 6 billion Nirvana has thus far grossed. Geffen was delighted by all of this, helping Courtney with her transgendering (She was once a male). The hundreds (no doubt thousands) that were and are involved in this horrid Sacrafice are paying-with their lives! Oh, how they shall pay for those crimes.
    We love you Kurt.

    Kurt Cobain was murdered in 1990, later Courtney Love (whose real mother is actually “Wendy” who falsly claims to be Cobain’s mother) was paid-off to pretend to be married and have a child, all so that the Hollywood 3 could share in the reported 6 billion Nirvana has thus far grossed. Geffen was delighted by all of this, helping Courtney with her transgendering (She was once a male). The hundreds (no doubt thousands) that were and are involved in this horrid Sacrafice are paying-with their lives! Oh, how they shall pay for those crimes.
    We love you Kurt.
    It is just another Cult admission of guilt, a silly one at that (there is no G-d, and no jesus, but those are the cults false idols).
    Just a hyme, a crust of bread thrown on the trail of murderers…

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Do they have good food on your home planet, Tellis?

    Ixnay on the Dama-ay Oldberg-gay.

    That is all.

  • Eric Olsen

    BAB, are you one of those who travels to eat? I enjoy native cuisine wherever I go

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    Absolutely, my friend. I can’t stand when my company on trips wants to eat at some chain restaurant or something. I ALWAYS want to go to some local diner or restaurant with flavor, whether it’s barbeque or seafood or whatever the local specialty is.

    I’m pretty adventurous with food and I’ve had some of my best dining experiences during travel by asking around where the best places to eat are.

    I’m a minor-league foodie at home, but there’s something more fun about eating with the salt-of-the-Earth folks when you’re in completely different surroundings.

    That is all.

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