By Zachary Swickey
Unfortunately, rocker Courtney Love is in the news again. We say unfortunately because Love consistently proves the old adage “all publicity is good publicity” to be not quite true.
This time around, Love’s former personal assistant is suing her over unpaid salary and for making multiple inappropriate requests. The assistant, Jessica Labrie, filed the wrongful termination, wage and breach of contract lawsuit in Los Angeles earlier this week. The suit states that after working for Love for about a year between 2010-11, Labrie was abruptly fired after complaining that she was owed thousands of dollars in unpaid salary and business-related expenses. She also says she refused to “commit fraudulent, unlawful and unethical acts” for Love.
TMZ reports that Love requested Labrie find her a computer hacker to change records to businesses she owned (or at least believed she owned). The lawsuit states that Labrie was working 60 hours a week for Love and suffered from headaches, insomnia and other medical conditions as a result of Love’s behavior.
Labrie, as TMZ is quick to point out, is also shopping a tell-all book about Love's antics, tentatively titled “Get Me a Xanax.”
By Zachary Swickey
The craziness that is Courtney Love has set her sights on a new and unlikely target: Kermit the Frog.
Apparently, Love is more than unhappy with the Muppet posse’s rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that was used in their new 2011 movie without her “permission” – saying it “raped” the memory of her late husband.
Love – who was nearly evicted from her apartment last December – continues to be under the false assumption that she has sole power to approve or deny any use of Nirvana music for commercial purposes, and she claims she never gave any companies permission for the Muppets to cover the song.
However, TMZ reports that Love sold half of her interest in Cobain’s music to a company under the name Primary Wave Music (it was reported earlier that she'd sold only a 25 percent stake).
Love will be even angrier when she discovers that Primary Wave got permission from the two surviving members of Nirvana – Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (two guys she hasn’t exactly gotten along with in the past) – with Grohl even making a cameo appearance in the flick.
Despite Love’s chagrin, she’s still raking in the dough; she and her daughter, Frances Bean, will get a cut of the song’s profits.
Last fall, Love inked a book deal with William Morrow – an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers to “set the record straight” with her memoirs, which will surely make for a pretty wild read.
Courtney Love's relationship with her daughter Frances Bean Cobain has long been strained, to say the very least, but now previously sealed documents relating to Frances Bean's 2009 restraining order against the Hole singer detail a sad scene leading to their eventual estrangement.
The Fix obtained Frances Bean's deposition in the '09 filing and it contains some pretty troubling details about Love, including allegations that she accidentally killed her daughter's cat and dog in startling ways.
In her deposition, Frances alleges her cat died after being crushed "in piles of Etsy fabrics, boxes of paperwork, trash and other possessions" and that her dog died after ingesting pills belonging to Love. Frances went on to describe Love's prescription pill use in detail, saying, "She basically exists now on Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes," adding, "She [Love] rarely eats ... She often falls asleep in her bed while she is smoking, and I am constantly worried that she will start a fire (which she has done at least three times) that will threaten our lives."
Sadly, that's not all. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
Courtney Love is at it again!
The Hole frontwoman is reportedly being evicted from her New York City pad after the owner of the property discovered the house to be a wreck with the rocker also late on $50,000 in rent.
According to the New York Post, owner Donna Lyon is taking Love to court over the four-story West 10th Street house that she’s been renting for just ten months that carries a whopping $27,000 a month payment. Lyon claims Love has ruined the home’s designer interior by painting over fancy hand-finished walls and has continuously been delinquent on her payments.
Lyon purchased the residence just last year for a cool $8 million. Describing it to the Post, she said, “It was decorated by the previous owner, interior designer Steven Gambrel. One of the requirements of the lease is that nothing should be done to the interiors.”
She then described the mess that Love has reportedly made. “I came to New York to see it and I was horrified by what she had done," she told the Post. "The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint.” (In Love’s defense, ice blue sounds like a pretty rad color choice.) Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
In the latest case of crazy from none other than Courtney Love, the singer/attention-seeker has conducted an interview with Vanity Fair that (as always) is filled with several quotes that might be deemed controversial to say the least. The issue will land in stores nationally and on the iPad October 11, but plenty of tidbits have been released that show Love is still her old self.
When the magazine’s contributing editor asked Love if she was angry with her late husband, Kurt Cobain, for committing suicide, she insanely barked back, “If he came back right now, I’d have to kill him for what he did to us! I’d f**king kill him! I’d f**k him, and then I’d kill him!” (Not sure if her wanting to screw him first is supposed to make up for the rest of that quote but whatevs.)
Continuing further into inappropriate territory, Love then showed the editor estranged daughter Frances Bean Cobain's diary – turning to a page that has a list titled “Things That Make Me Smile” and then complaining that she didn’t make the cut. It was less than shocking when Frances Bean emancipated herself from Love two years ago, as the mother and daughter have always had a rocky relationship. But Love wants you to know that, “There were no drugs in my urine, no drugs in her urine when she born,” so she doesn’t sound like too bad of a parent (insert sarcasm font here). Read More...
By Andréa Duncan-Mao
As the enigmatic leader of one of the most impactful rock acts in modern history, Kurt Cobain’s music touched a generation of fans. Just as we are moved by his dense, personal lyrics, raging guitar and outsider ethos, we are equally fascinated by his complex personality. He was a man who dreamt of fame but couldn’t cope with it, a performer who could move a crowd but couldn’t stand to be in one, someone we all heard of but never really knew.
But there was a chubby toddler with golden locks and crystal blue eyes who knew him in a way no one else would. Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt’s daughter with wife Courtney Love, was born 1992 and even as a newborn went everywhere with him. And in their interactions, we see a glimpse of Cobain as a father — patient, tender, in wonder.
In 1993, Kurt sat down with MTV to talk about his life since the explosive success of Nevermind, and brought Frances and Courtney along. As the camera rolled pre-interview, the happy — and somewhat frazzled — family were captured on tape. In this rare, unearthed footage of the Cobains, we see Courtney in a pre-Hollywood-makeover ripped dress, Kurt in the shadows, and Frances Bean, ready for her close-up at not even two years old.
By Zachary Swickey
Bats**t crazy Courtney Love moment no. 172: Courtney jacks photographer David LaChapelle’s car outside the Soho House in the Meatpacking district of New York City. Well sort of…
According to the New York Post, Love swooped the ride “with permission” to visit director Brett Ratner’s house and promised LaChappelle she would return so they could attend his exhibition at the classy Lever House. Surprise, surprise, Love was a no-show, instead she stayed at Ratner’s through the night and probably watched the sun come up while she begged for a role in Rush Hour 4 (we made that last part up).
Heck, even the Soho House ratted her out when a rep commented on the debacle, saying, “Courtney did take his car. David was flipping out and going crazy at the front desk that Courtney stole his car.”
The Post even rang up Ratner for comment. “Courtney and David are best friends,” he said. “We were all supposed to go to the Lever House together, but I was too tired.”
Sounds like just another day in the life of Love and her celeb companions. This is child’s play compared to past antics of the loudest and proudest female in rock music. Here are the top five Courtney moments that would even put Amy Winehouse to shame. Read More...
By Matt Elias
It's one of the most surreal moments I've had during my time at MTV News. I was backstage at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles on Sunday, waiting in a hallway for my scheduled interview with the Killers, when all of a sudden I was whisked into a side room by KROQ's Ann Ingold (you "Loveline" listeners might know her as "Producer Ann"). Without any idea of what was going on, I was told these words: "Courtney Love will talk to you."
"Courtney Love!" I screamed to myself. Before I had a chance to react, I was face-to-face with an icon of '90s grunge. For someone like myself who worshiped Nirvana and everything surrounding them, this was a big deal.
To the best of my recollection, the interview started with Courtney (who clearly hasn't been watching MTV or checking out our Web site) saying, "MTV still has news? I miss the '90s and Kurt Loder ... this isn't going to f---ing air." It was love at first bleep! Read More...