February 05, 2003 01:00 PM

Courtney Love, arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport Tuesday morning as soon as her Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from Los Angeles touched down, was detained by police for nine hours and afterward blamed her own “potty mouth” for the incident.

After the pilot of her flight notified Air Traffic Control of the singer’s allegedly abusive behavior onboard, the tower contacted the police, and Love, 38, was taken in on the tarmac.

The former frontwoman of the band Hole and widow of Nirvana’s late singer Kurt Cobain was then booked on suspicion of disruptive behavior and endangering an aircraft, an offense that carries a possible two-year prison sentence.

Besides allegedly losing her tempter, Love also purportedly refused to wear her seatbelt, said members of the flight crew.

According to Britain’s Sky News, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman confirmed that Love “has been cautioned under the Public Order Act for causing harassment, alarm and distress to another person and has now been released from police custody.”

As Love finally left the Heathrow Police Station, she told the flock of reporters waiting for her: “I cussed at a lady — my daughter (Frances Bean Cobain, 10) always said I had a potty mouth … I cussed at a lady named Mary. She wasn’t letting my friend into first class and I said: ‘Why are you being such a bitch about it?'”

Asked what she thought of the airborne experience, Love said: “I think that I have been flying British Airways for a long time, and I will continue to do so … This is my second time on Virgin, and my first time wasn’t so great either.”

As for being a police detainee for nine hours, the singer said: “It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on ‘Prime Suspect.'”

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