Chicago Sun-Times

Love sues boyfriend's ex-wife, alleges assault

January 6, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Courtney Love is suing her boyfriend's ex-wife, claiming the woman ran over her foot in a Volvo--costing her a movie role--and is "on a mission to destroy her."

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit claims Lesley Barber is "obsessed" with Love because she blames the singer-actress for the end of her marriage to Jim Barber.

The complaint, filed Dec. 15, alleges assault, battery, trespassing, infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. It seeks damages in excess of $1.5 million and an injunction against Barber to "prevent further harm."

Barber could not be reached for comment. Love claims that, since April 1999, Barber has engaged in a "campaign of stalking and harassment" against her, hiring private investigators to spy on her, pestering her with prank calls and threats, and, on June 4, driving straight at her in a Volvo. Love says she jumped out of the way but the car rolled over her foot.

As a result, Love says, she was unable to complete physical training for the upcoming film "John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars" and lost the role. Natasha Henstridge now stars in the movie, due in theaters in August.

Love, the 36-year-old lead singer of the band Hole and widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, has appeared in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Man on the Moon."

Associated Press

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