Joss Sackler, heiress, and wife to David Sackler, whose family owns Purdue, the maker of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, had asked Courtney Love to appear at their Fashion Show for their new LBV line for $100,000. According to Stereogum, Love made a statement to the New York Post, claiming that she has turned down the offer.
“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 stated. She had also mentioned that in addition to the $100,000 payout Sackler’s team would also provide hair, makeup, car service to and from the runway show, and a dress from the LBV line made with “custom-gold thread.”
She continued to state “I never would take their money — Joss is delusional, talking about her fashion line and private members club, their ‘philanthropical arm.’ 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 from Joss Sackler 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. I will always be that, I am just in recovery. And, equally. a fashion line with 24 carat gold thread won’t ever cover up or wash away the stains on Joss Sackler and her family.”
Sackler’s spokesperson Elizabeth Tuke responded to the claim, saying “This is not accurate. Courtney Love is not attending [the show]. I can’t comment any further.”
Love recently performed at the female-led Yola Dia festival in Los Angeles, CA covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman,” and Echo and the Bunnymen’s 1984 single “The Killing Moon.”
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