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Love pleads innocent to assault
Courtney Love
Love is due back in the court on 7 October for a preliminary hearing
US singer Courtney Love, 40, pleaded innocent to charges of assault at a court in Los Angeles on Friday.

The charges stem from an incident alleged to have taken place at her former boyfriend's house last April.

Ms Love is alleged to have attacked a woman with a bottle outside the Los Angeles home of Jim Barber, formerly Ms Love's boyfriend and manager.

A preliminary hearing was set for 7 October. Ms Love appeared composed, but told waiting reporters: "I'm scared."

'Scary'

In court, Ms Love responded to Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Dennis Mulcahy's questions with only a yes or no.

But outside, she told reporters: "I'm scared. It's scary. "

"I just want to play music, and being in that court and having a judge say 'the state of California versus me,' it's just scary."

Mr Mulcahy issued a warrant for Ms Love's arrest on 9 July this year, after she failed to attend a court hearing on assault charges.

I just want to play music, and being in that court... it's just scary
Courtney Love

It later emerged Ms Love had been taken to a New York hospital that same day for an unspecified gynaecological condition.

On her return to California, Ms Love surrendered to police and was freed on $150,000 (82,000) bail.

Legal problems

The singer continues to be beset by legal problems.

Earlier this week, the former Hole star learnt she will face trial on 30 September on two drugs charges for illegal possession of painkillers.

Judge Elden S Fox set the trial date in a 20-minute hearing at a Californian superior court on Monday.

Ms Love could face up to three years and eight months in prison, if convicted on both charges of possessing Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

She also faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment in New York for allegedly striking a member of the audience with a microphone stand at a nightclub in March.




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