Courtney Love Backtracks After Appearing To Support Johnny Depp: 'I Was Wrong'

Courtney Love has apologized after appearing to speak out in support of Johnny Depp amid his ongoing defamation trial against Amber Heard.
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Taking to Instagram over the weekend, the 57-year-old Hole frontwoman addressed the statements she had made in a string of videos posted by her friend Jessica Reed Kraus to her Instagram account.

In her initial comments, she said: "I don't really want to make judgments publicly. I just want to tell you that Johnny gave me CPR in 1995 when I overdosed outside the Viper Room."

The Viper Room was a West Hollywood establishment and a hotspot for the who's who of the entertainment industry. It was once co-owned by the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
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"Johnny, when I was on crack and [daughter] Frances [Bean Cobain] was having to suffer through that with all these social workers, wrote her a four-page letter that she's never showed me, on her 13th birthday," Love continued.

She said said the Fantastic Beasts star "sent limos" to Cobain's school "where all the social workers were crawling around — again, unasked — for her and all her friends to go to both Pirates [of the Caribbean movies]."

"He did it a bunch of times. He gave her her own seat [at the premieres] with her name on it," Love continued. "I've never seen one of those Pirates movies, but [Frances] loved them. You know, she said to me when she was 13, 'Mama, he saved my life.' And she said it again."

Concluding her post, Love said that she has previously "been the most-hated woman in America" and "the world", and has "a lot of empathy for what that must feel like for" Heard.

"But if you use a movement for your own personal gain and you inhabit queer feminist intersectional spaces and you abuse that moment, then I hope justice gets served, whatever it is," she added. "And I think we should have less schadenfreude and more empathy for all concerned."

Apologizing for sharing her thoughts on the high-profile court case, Love wrote in a caption alongside a video of her walking a dog: "I engaged in expressing thoughts online. The platform accidentally posted a story I didn’t want public (I’m sure it was not deliberate) in it I am weaponising snark (what else do we do with snark?)

"Was it my own (granted, massive, a character defect, ego?) Was it a genuine, expression of support for someone whose been a wondrous presence in our lives? Is it ANY OF MY F***ING BUSINESS? No.

"What about the times I’ve been publicly defamed? My true friends have done so much to help me during these public ritual systemic humiliations? That s*** matters. I think of my mentors in morality, whose high opinion of my actions. Are important to me."

She continued: "I am an addict in recovery, for now I outsource these peoples values. What would x do in this situation? My best thinking in addiction, got me into hell, hunger, animality, greed, ego. While I recover, I borrow the values, moral compasses of those I look up to (& dogs, especially) who do the right thing.

"I certainly don’t always do the right thing. My goal - emulate the human revolution of my mentor @daisakuikeda. I want to show neutral support for a friend. I don't want to bully. I’ve been bullied enough. I did not want to express my own bias / internalized misogyny.

"(Do give me a break on that one. Look at my JOB! I’m working on it) I want nothing to do with contributing more online bullying to someone enduring being bullied like no one ever has been online. Ever. In my program of recovery, ‘when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it’ I was wrong.

"The only important takeaway, of what was posted, is that I expressed that we should all stop having ‘fun with schadenfraude’ (look it up: ‘Delight in another’s down fall’) & show sincere empathy for both parties. If I hurt anyone, please accept my amends."

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