Courtney Love hits back at claims she wrecked her New York apartment

Hole singer's lawyer also says owner is trying to 'sensationalise' the issue

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Courtney Love has hit back at claims that she wrecked her New York apartment and owes over $50,000 (£32,000) in rent.

The Hole frontwoman has been renting the property for the last 10 months, but its owner Donna Lyon has gone to court in order to force Love out of the house.

Lyon has accused the singer of decorating the property without her consent and ruining its designer interior by wallpapering and painting over its walls, as well as being behind on her rent payments.

But Love has insisted that she has been paying $27,000 (£17,400) a month rent as agreed and had consent from Lyon, to repaint it.

Love told the New York Post:
I haven't fallen behind on the rent - I have been paying month to month as agreed. My rent is current, but the owner is now asking for the remaining two months upfront.

She added: "Even though it's not required, I'd happily pay that and another six months' rent upfront if she would extend the lease for six months. I have repainted, but I asked permission, and used a painter approved by the owner."

Love's lawyer, Eric D. Sherman, also countered Lyon's claims and said she is trying to sensationalise the issue. He also argues that her rent claim "has no merit".

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