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Kurt Cobain's mother, sister ask L.A. judge to keep records closed in custody battle with Courtney Love

December 23, 2009 | 11:57 am

Kurt Cobain’s mother and sister are asking a Los Angeles judge to keep confidential all parts of a custody proceeding involving the late rocker’s 17-year-old daughter, including a restraining order against her mother, Courtney Love.

A Superior Court judge granted Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, and sister, Kimberly Dawn Cobain, temporary guardianship Dec. 11 of Frances Bean Cobain and her finances.

At the same time, Judge Reva Goetz issued a temporary restraining order barring Love “from certain behavior and from coming within a certain distance” of her daughter or her new guardians, according to court papers filed this week.

The filing by an attorney for the guardians urges the judge to seal the case to protect medical information about Frances contained in the documents as well as to keep private details of her apparently troubled relationship with her mother.

“In this proceeding, every document reveals details of Frances’s relationship with her mother,” lawyer Geraldine Wyle wrote.

Frances Cobain will not require any guardian after she turns 18 in August, and the attorney wrote, “the very fact that a guardianship proceeding is pending while her mother is living is an indication of personal problems in the family.”

Love’s attorney said last week that Frances was living with her mother in New York until recently. Lawyer Jim Janowitz said the teenager was supposed to travel to Washington state, where she has family, but instead went to Los Angeles.

“We did not know that this was coming,” he said of the court decision.

He dismissed reports that Love, who has grappled with substance addiction in the past, was using drugs.

“Her status is good. I think she is not having those kind of problems anymore,” he said.

Facebook postings attributed to Love bemoaned her loss of guardianship and blamed her in-laws. Frances “trusted the wrong people and got snookered into a circus,” one post read.

The case file is currently sealed pending a Jan. 22 hearing.

-- Harriet Ryan

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