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Courtney Love turned down $100k to attend an OxyContin heiress’s NYFW show

The Hole frontwoman called Joss Sackler’s offer ‘shameless and offensive’

Courtney Love is no stranger to hitting out against the fashion industry, having infamously set fire to the grunge collection Marc Jacobs sent to her and Kurt Cobain in the early 90s, and called out the ‘Corporate Magazines Still Suck’ t-shirt Demna Gvasalia sent down the runway in February (a riff on a tee Cobain wore on a 1992 cover of Rolling Stone).

Now, the Hole frontwoman has hit back against OxyContin heiress and designer Joss Sackler who is preparing to make her NYFW return with label LBV this afternoon. According to Love, Sackler offered to pay her more than $100,000 to attend the controversial show – which, unsurprisingly, she turned down. 

“I am one of the most famous reformed junkies on the planet – my husband died on heroin – what is it about me that says to Joss Sackler ‘I will sell out to you’? Well I won’t.” Love said in response, adding that she would ‘never take their money’: As well as the $100,000 fee, Love told Page Six she had also been offered hair and make-up, a car service, and a custom-made dress embroidered with 24-carat gold thread.

Joss Sackler is married to David Sackler, whose family owns Purdue Pharma. The company manufactures OxyContin and is accused of starting the current opioid crisis that has been raging through America, reaping billions of dollars in the process. According to statistics, 400,000 deaths in the US alone have been linked to the drug, which first hit shelves in 1996.

Currently, the Sacklers are embroiled in a huge number of lawsuits, while over the course of the last year various cultural institutions, including the Tate, the Louvre, and the National Portrait Gallery have all severed ties with the family, having long benefited from donations from them. They are also the target of frequent protests by Nan Goldin’s activist group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction prevention Now). 

In a series of emails seen by Page Six, Sackler’s team write that “The brand (LBV) has no relation to Purdue… other than Joss is married to the family.” However, Joss Sackler’s husband David was on Purdue’s board of directors and has become its spokesperson in the face of the various lawsuits raised against it. He also manages much of the family’s wealth. 

After a New York Times article last season pointed out the connection to Purdue, Sackler hit back in an open letter. This season, a press email described her as an “undeterred phoenix” returning to fashion week, and noted that she will be launching a new range of exotic skin handbags at her SS20 show.

“Joss is delusional, talking about her fashion line and private members club, their ‘philanthropical arm’,” Love further added. “What about instead giving money to rehab facilities, paying for Narcan (a medication that counters opioid overdoses) or creating a non-addictive painkiller? This request is shameless and offensive after everything I, many of my friends, and millions of other addicts have been through with OxyContin. I’m sober, but I will always be an opioid addict. It doesn’t vanish.” 

LBV and Joss Sackler spokesperson Elizabeth Tuke responded to the claims by calling them inaccurate. “Courtney Love is not attending (the show). I can’t comment any further.”