LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California judge on Wednesday ordered rock
singer Courtney Love to appear in court next week to respond to
accusations that she took drugs while on probation.
The 41-year-old singer, who was sentenced to a drug rehabilitation
program last year after a slew of assault and drug-related incidents,
was told to attend court on Aug. 19 or face arrest.
"I'm certainly not happy with what's going on," Los Angeles Superior
Court Judge Rand Rubin said at a brief hearing, which Love was not
required to attend.
According to court papers, prosecutors say Love violated the terms of
her probation by being under the influence of a controlled substance
last month. Prosecutor Gina Satriano told reporters the allegation
involved "some sort of narcotic."
Love, the widow of Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain, was taken by ambulance
to a Los Angeles hospital in July after a Hollywood party amid
conflicting reports over whether it was a fainting spell or a
Love's lawyer, Michael Rosenstein, said at the time that Love was
making "fantastic" progress in her rehab program and had passed all her
drug tests since March.
Recent tabloid photos have shown the previously waif-like Love looking
plump and healthy, a weight gain she has attributed to her new
Love was given probation and ordered to drug rehab in May 2004 after a
frenetic period in which she was charged in both New York and Los
Angeles with offenses including forging painkiller prescriptions,
taking cocaine, hitting a man with a microphone stand at a nightclub
and attacking a woman at the home of an ex-boyfriend.