Remember back in December of 2009 when Courtney Love lost physical parental custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain and it was later reported that Frances testified in family court to live with her paternal grandmother rather than her own mother? Well, testimony from that family court hearing has made its way to the Internets this week and unsurprisingly, it paints a very negative portrait of C. Love as a mother. Frances gave very sad testimony in open court about how horrible a mother Courtney was to her and as a result, was able to not only live with her grandmother but was also able to get a restraining order against Courtney. Ugh. Read on for all the sad and gruesome details of Frances’s testimony against her mother.
Frances Bean Cobain accused her mother Courtney Love of causing the death of their family pets in a newly revealed testimony. The 19-year-old filed a restraining order against Love in LA superior court in December 2009 after they got into a physical fight. Backed by evidence from her male nanny and others the judge granted her request, as well as ordering the Hole singer stay away from her daughter’s pet dog Uncle Fester. And in sworn testimony uncovered by The Fix, Frances claimed her mother lived on drugs, was a conspiracy theorist and said the singer’s hoarding caused the death of their family cat and dog. In addition, she accused her mother of taking her to a confrontation at her ex-boyfriend James Barber’s house. She said: ‘(Love) has taken drugs for as long as I can remember. She basically exists now on…Xanax, Adderall, Sonata and Abilify, sugar and cigarettes. She rarely eats… She often falls asleep in her bed while she is smoking, and I am constantly worried that she will start a fire (which she has done at least three times) that will threaten our lives.’ And Frances said her mother’s chaotic behaviour was the reason for the death of two family pets. She said her cat died after getting entangled in piles of Etsy fabrics, boxes of paperwork, trash and other possessions, while a dog died allegedly after swallowing a pile of Love’s pills. But there was plenty of other instances that had reportedly driven the aspiring artist to despair. In one incident she said her mother dragged her to James Barber’s house when she was 17, and that she sat in a taxi while her mother had a volcanic confrontation with her then boyfriend. She said: ‘She took me in a taxi to his house in the middle of the night, and from outside the house, in her bare feet, she screamed at him, threw rocks at the house, and threatened to burn his house down. His children were inside the house, but that did not stop my mother.’ Finally, she also slammed her mother’s constant claims of people stealing money from them. Frances said: ‘My mother is obsessed with uncovering fraud and spends much of her day raging about the fraud that has been perpetrated on her and on me. She incessantly rages about her many theories relating to the supposed incidences of “fraud.” She slams doors, breaks things, stomps around the hotel or apartment and spends hours on the phone, yelling.’ And she told the court Love had even threatened to jump off a balcony while she was watching. Ultimately Courtney was ordered to stay away from Frances, Uncle Fester, her paternal grandmother Wendy O’Connor and aunt Kimberly Cobain.
The latter pair were made temporary co-guardians.
Wow! I mean, I’m sure we all suspected that it must’ve been difficult for Frances Bean to have Courtney Love as a mother but … damn … this is some crazy talk. And, to be honest, I’m sure this testimony is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to C. Love’s erratic behavior as a parent. Ugh, so sad. Naturally, Courtney is threatening to sue whoever is responsible for the leak of this family court testimony:
Courtney Love is unhappy that her secret family feud was leaking to a website. The singer has “confidential” deposition papers filed by her daughter Francis Bean Cobain in 2009 which accused her of the death of their cat and dog. James Janowitz, the lawyer who handled the family court proceedings in Los Angeles, is investigating The Fix and new e-book “Courtney Comes Clean” who got their hands on the court-sealed documents. “I don’t know how they were disclosed …When I find out what happened, we will take the appropriate legal action,” Janowitz said … Courtney is planning to sue whoever leak the papers. “For somebody to meddle in such private and personal matters is pretty reprehensible,” Janowitz said. “We can say that all of the statements made about [Love] relating to the court filings, her daughter and other personal matters are false.”
I dunno … the stuff that Frances testified to is tantamount to child abuse. Behavior like this should, IMHO, be prosecuted but … far be it for me or anyone else to meddle in family affairs. At this point, Frances has her freedom away from Courtney and Courtney has no other children to parent so … I guess it’s all water under the bridge. Still, it’s sad to read. Blah.