The Vanity Fair Affair
Have you ever been pummeled with an Oscar before? Courtney Love came remarkably close to using the shiny statuette (Quentin Tarantino's Academy Award to be exact) to batter journo Lynn Hirschberg at a party in 1995. The "Violet" songstress was still furious over a piece Hirschberg wrote in Vanity Fair three years back that implied Courtney was abusing smack while pregnant with her daughter Frances Bean. The story dumped a truckload of controversy on the new mom and also led to Kurt and Courtney's daughter being temporarily taken out of their custody. No Oscar-related violence ended up taking place, although the jury's still out on if M.I.A. might threaten Hirschberg with a trophy.
Courtney Crashes Madonna's VMA Interview
Popular music mythology likes to dress up previous incarnations of MTV's Video Music Awards as a place where anything could happen. (Busta Rhymes and Martha Stewart reading teleprompter banter at an award show? MOVE OVER, CALIGULA!) It's mostly nostalgic BS, but Courtney Love deserves kudos for managing to carve out her own authentic moment of VMA madness in 1995. A clearly intoxicated Courtney crashed a post-show interview that Kurt Loder was conducting with Madonna. The interview invasion resulted in some quality back-n-forth banter that was laced with a ridiculous amount of barbs and bon mots. A clearly uncomfortable Madge wasn't happy with the drop-in, which is a shame because the whole affair was pure television gold. "She was a total mess, of course, but a wonderful mess - I love Courtney," recalled Loder in Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.
Courtney & Kathleen Hanna Tussle At Lollapalooza
It was a West Coast rock 'n' roll throwdown when Courtney Love and Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna got into a physical altercation at the George, Washington stop of Lollapalooza's 1995 travelling festival. The brief tussle occurred backstage with Courtney socking Hanna in the face, a punch that ultimately wound up saddling Courtney with a one-year suspended sentence for assault. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore was outraged by Courtney decking his guest and proclaimed online that the attack was a "sucker punch." In return, Courtney declared Hanna to be a "ratface" and claimed that the Riot Grrl pioneer was Kurt Cobain's "worst enemy ever."
Courtney Is Accused Of Smacking A Journo
Courtney's always had a love/hate relationship with the press and an incident in 1998 definitely highlights the latter part of the equation. L.A. Weekly journo Belissa Cohen alleged that Courtney attacked her at a fashion show. Cohen said that Courtney pulled her hair, hit her in the face and kneed her in the groin. A lawsuit would later materialize that included the claim that Courtney boasted "I just hit Belissa Cohen, and it felt good" after the beatdown. "After that I didn't go out without a bodyguard for like, forever... " Courtney told L.A. Weekly in 2013, although she insists the incident was just a shoving match. "I had to pay like 30 grand. (Cohen's attorney) Gloria Allred was calling me a misogynist." Courtney also compared the incident to a previous dustup. "You know I actually punched Kathleen Hanna and paid 30 grand for that, too," notes the musician. "But that punch was so well deserved, I wouldn't take it back for anything."
Wax! Nudity! Journalism!
"Courtney Love's Naked Rampage" screamed the cover of Q magazine's special 200th issue. The publication is referring to their coverage of Courtney going absolutely cuckoo cocoa bananacakes in London. "Wax my anus!" Courtney infamously told her beautician as she got a Brazilian wax in front of a stunned journo. The rocker also poured champagne on her head and went on a nude run down Park Lane.
Courtney Gets Grounded
Long before Courtney was offering up her Malaysian Air Flight 370 search-and-rescue findings, she was garnering press attention for a very different aircraft- related matter. In 2003 Courtney was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport following some outrageous behaviour on a Virgin Airlines flight. The singer was cuffed for "endangering an aircraft" and "disruptive behaviour." The rocker was said to be verbally abusive and refused to sit down and buckle up. The "air rage" incident came eight years removed from a nasty piece of business in Australia where Courtney blamed a "really mean stewardess" for getting her butt arrested on a 1995 flight.
Smashed Windows & Police Intervention
The police nabbed Courtney Love in the fall of 2003 following an incident where the artist made an unscheduled visit to her former manager/boyfriend Jim Barber's home. Police arrested Courtney after she busted out windows at the residence and entered the premise, which led to the artist getting charged for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Courtney would later overdose on Oxy after getting released on bail.
Courtney Flashes Dave
Courtney Love pulled a page from Drew Barrymore's playbook in 2004 when she made an instantly infamous appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. A clearly wasted out-of-her-mind Courtney flashed Dave after a woozy rendition of the ballad "Danny Boy." (A standard pre-flashing song, dontcha know.) Courtney was also spotted at a Wendy's that night and was notoriously photographed letting a random dude put his mouth on her nipple. The evening came to a close with Courtney clocking a dude with a microphone stand she tossed partway through the show. Third-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges would soon follow.
Courtney Gets Lit Up At The Roast Of Pam Anderson
Kudos to Courtney! It takes a special sort of soul to go into a celebrity roast and perform an act of self-immolation. The rock goddess was Hall of Fame levels of messed up when she showed up to the Comedy Central Roast of Pam Anderson and did nothing to hide how 'out of it' she was. Courtney proved to be a stumbly hurricane of incoherence and underwear flashing. "I'm sober over a year now," declared Courtney. "If you're not on drugs, you've got problems," retorted host Jimmy Kimmel. To be fair, with jabs like Jeffrey Ross's "how is it possible that Courtney Love looks worse than Kurt Cobain?" quip in the rotation, we can understand why she might not want to be sober for that particular night out.
Courtney Love Says Britney Spears's Dad Molested His Daughter
Courtney Love's never been shy about being willing to make some controversial statements, but one particular Facebook rant in 2009 caught everyone offguard. In a typo heavy tirade, Courtney accused Jamie Spears of molesting his pop star daughter. "britneys dad molested her , imagine the father that molested you owning you for slavery while your forced to sing songs picked for thier sexual content every night, insane right?" wrote Courtney. "i have it on First had authority, and fight as hard as she is and does she still didnt pull that card, its a pride thing i can relate to, However they want to play dirty, lets go, Im SO not affraid of the little trolls who hit this when i was f***ed up who are called lawyers. lets GO." Britney's camp didn't acknowledge the claim and the subject has not come up since.