February 13, 2004 11:16 AM

A day after failing to turn up for two court hearings in Los Angeles — which resulted in a bench warrant for her arrest — Courtney Love phoned in to Howard Stern’s radio show to offer a strange, rambling and expletive-filled excuse for her behavior.

The rocker-actress was scheduled for two hearings Wednesday, both stemming from a Oct. 2 incident in which Love was arrested for trying to break into the Beverly Hills home of a boyfriend. After her arrest, Love, 39, was freed on bail and then taken to a nearby hospital for an undisclosed emergency, where she was charged with felony possession of the prescription painkillers, and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

While William Genego, Love’s attorney, said his client was unable to make the hearings due to “security concerns,” Love elaborated to Stern, claiming that she “didn’t have a professional bodyguard.”

Stern urged the controversial rocker to clean up her act and get to court, going so far as to play the role of on-air judge in order to help Love prepare for her hearings.

But Love maintained her innocence, claiming that she is being unfairly prosecuted. “What have I done?” she asked. “Other than be a woman who owns stuff and is proud of it?”

After Wednesday’s no-show, the judge in Love’s felony case issued a bench warrant for her arrest, but agreed to hold it until Tuesday when the former Hole singer is scheduled to return to court. The misdemeanor case was continued until Feb. 23.

Prosecutors have said that the charges against Love could eventually be removed from her record if she pleads guilty and completes a drug program. But Love has claimed that she did nothing wrong, and that she was taking the drugs under a doctor’s order. “I’m not going to plead guilty to something I didn’t do,” she told Stern.

She also claims the charges against are being pursued because of greed. As a result of the arrest, Love lost custody of her 11-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, whose father is late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The girl is now in the custody of her paternal grandmother, who Love says is after Frances Bean’s inheritance.

“All that is at work here is human greed,” Love said. “The greed is outrageous.”

Love, who released her latest music album, “America’s Sweetheart,” earlier in the week, was expected to call Stern’s show again Friday.

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