Stephen M. Silverman
May 14, 2004 08:00 AM

As an army of reporters and photographers waited for her outside a Manhattan courthouse Thursday, Courtney Love was inside, remaining momentarily silent while she was arraigned on charges that she hurled a microphone stand into the audience and hit a man in an East Village club on March 18.

She faces two misdemeanor counts of assault and reckless endangerment and faces up to a year in jail, if convicted. She entered a plea of not guilty and is due back in court June 28.

After that, Love, 39, wasn’t silent for long.

First, the former Hole singer, who had been two hours late for her arraignment, stopped on her way out of the courtroom to touch up a court artist’s rendition of her. Then, a few lucky journalists – all of them women – heard her have her say inside the courthouse ladies room.

Among her quotes (besides the Friday New York Post headline that reads: ‘God #%*ed me for committing too many adulteries’):

“I’m exactly the same as I’ve always been,” said the straw-haired Love, clad in a pink paisley tunic and pants with two strands of pearls, one black and the other white. “I’m not a demure housewife. Why should I start acting like one?”

Also: “I was a junkie. I’m not now. I can’t medicate myself – you gotta really watch it.”

As well as: “Let me say something rude – I’m really rich,” “I need a cigarette or I’ll die,” and “You do not sleep with married men.”

In court documents, Reuters reports, Love claimed her New York arrest was a case of being victimized.

“You’re arresting me because of what happened in L.A. You just want to be famous. The police have a conspiracy against rocker chicks,” she told police.

She later pleaded with them not to arrest her, saying: “Please don’t do this to me. … I’m not the greatest mother in the world but I’m her mother. This incident will affect my custody case with my daughter. I’m not going to be able to get my kid.”

Love had temporarily lost custody of Frances Bean Cobain, her 11-year-old daughter with her late husband, Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain.

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