Courtney Love Loses Legal Control of Daughter

Frances Bean Cobain and mom Courtney Love

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updated 12/14/2009 AT 4:25 PM ET

originally published 12/14/2009 AT 4:30 PM ET

Courtney Love is losing control. But this time it involves her most precious possession: her daughter.

A Los Angeles court has appointed temporary guardians over Frances Bean, 17, although the reasons are not immediately clear. Kurt Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor and his younger sister, Kimberly, now have legal, medical and financial authority over the teenager. A court hearing on the matter has been scheduled for February 10.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that Courtney Love is an unfit mother and has completely lost custody,” says L.A. probate attorney Jeffrey S. Cohen, who’s not involved with the case. “It’s too early to say. It could be because she’s simply going out of state for a long period of time.”

Geraldine Wyle, a lawyer for Frances Bean and the two guardians, said only, “This is a private family matter.” A rep for Love, 45, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

In past interviews, Frances Bean has made it clear that she is not like her parents. She told Harper’s Bazaar last year that her paternal grandmother, who lives in Olympia, Wash., has been a constant force in her life. “She’s probably the person I respect most out of anybody in the world,” she told the magazine.


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