Stephen M. Silverman
July 23, 2004 09:00 AM

The Courtney Love saga continues.

On Thursday, a California judge refused to suspend the arrest warrant he issued for her on July 9, her 40th birthday, denying her bid to return to California to face an assault charge without fear of being arrested, her lawyer tells Reuters.

Defense attorney Michael Rosenstein, who said the troubled rocker has been hospitalized in New York since July 7, says he will escort Love to the L.A. courthouse so she can post bond and attend her hearing before authorities can take her into custody.

Hours before being declared a fugitive in California, Love was taken from her Manhattan apartment on a stretcher after behaving erratically, according to her neighbors.

Rosenstein said he had planned for his client to show up in the California court on Friday, July 23, but because Superior Court Commissioner Dennis Mulcahy refused his request to hold the arrest warrant for 24 hours, “we’re going to do it on our time frame.”

“We’re trying to secret her into the jurisdiction so we can present her in front of the tribunal to post bond and get matters going, without arrest,” said Rosenstein. He added that Love’s court appearance is due “within the next few days.”

Upon her court appearance, Love must post bond of $150,000, nearly three times the bail that Mulcahy revoked when she missed her July 9 date.

The charge stems from an alleged assault with a liquor bottle that Love wielded last April when she confronted a 32-year-old woman at the Los Angeles home of Love’s ex-boyfriend and onetime manager, Jim Barber.

Love also faces a drug possession case in Beverly Hills and a separate reckless endangerment case in connection with a New York nightclub incident in which a microphone stand went flying into the crowd while Love was performing.

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