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Love Pleads Guilty to Fan Assault 


10-20-04
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(antiMUSIC) Courtney Love pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a charge of disorderly conduct that resulted from the embattled singer hitting a concergoer on the head with a microphone stand during an appearance last March in New York. 

Love's plea was part of an agreement with the district attorney's office. She was originally charged with third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, which could have landed her behind bars for a year on each charge. 

Manhattan Criminal Judge Melissa Jackson went along with the plea agreement and granted Love a conditional discharge that stipulates that Love must pay her victim $2,336 for medical expenses, enroll in a drug-treatment program and not violate any other laws. If Love lives up to her side of the agreement, her case will be sealed. If she violates the agreement she faces jail time. 

Love explained her reason for reaching a plea agreement to reporters outside the courtroom. "I just wanted it to be over," Love said. "I played a rock show. I didn't do anything. I wasn't on drugs. Playing a rock show had nothing to do with drugs."

Love still faces two criminal cases in Los Angeles. Love has been charged with felony illegal possession of prescription drugs and with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Love is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the assault case next Wednesday (10/27) and the drug possession trial is schedule to begin on November 3rd. 

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