Courtney Love is arrested at Heathrow airport. She was ''verbally abusive'' on a flight to London, authorities say

By Gary Susman
Updated February 04, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Courtney Love
Credit: Courtney Love: Scott Weiner/ZUMA Press/Newscom

Lots of people — journalists, record label executives, other pop stars — have been at the end of a tongue-lashing by the famously outspoken Courtney Love. This time, however, she got arrested for it. CNN reports that police in London detained her Tuesday morning as soon as her flight from Los Angeles landed at Heathrow, saying she’d been in an argument with a flight attendant.

”She was verbally abusive towards our cabin crew and disruptive,” a Virgin Atlantic Airways spokesperson told CNN, adding that the pilot phoned police from the air. One passenger told Reuters, ”She was having a row with one of the flight attendants. There were a lot of raised voices.” The passenger said the 38-year-old rocker ”looked out of it as she was led across the tarmac. She had bright red lipstick on which appeared smudged. But Courtney Love is Courtney Love — I guess that’s rock and roll.”

It’s not the first such incident for Love. In 1995, she was arrested over an argument with a flight attendant on a Qantas flight to Australia. She was sentenced to one month’s probation.