October 20, 2004
NEW YORK - Rocker Courtney Love pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Wednesday for hitting a clubgoer on the head with a microphone stand during a performance.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson granted Love a conditional discharge, meaning her case will be sealed after one year if she pays the victim $2,336 to cover medical expenses, joins a drug-treatment program and does not commit any other crimes.
If Love violates the conditions, she could face 15 days in jail.
"I just wanted it to be over," Love said after the hearing, wearing a long, light-brown suede coat lined with fur. "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."
The case stems from an incident in March, when Love hit Gregory Burgett, 24, of London, Ky., with a microphone stand as he watched her show at a Manhattan nightclub.
Burgett needed three staples in his head to close the wound, and Love was arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and third-degree assault. Those charges were reduced to one charge of disorderly conduct.
Asked outside court whether she had met or spoken to Burgett, Love replied: "I don't know who that was, but he has a medical bill and I'm paying it."
The rocker also faces a felony assault charge in California for allegedly attacking a woman with a liquor bottle at an ex-boyfriend's home in April. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 27.
Love, 40, the widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, was formerly the lead singer of the band Hole. She had to delay a concert tour with her new band this year because of her legal problems.