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- Courtney Love slammed Joss Sackler, a member of the billionaire family identified as playing a key role in fueling the opioid crisis, for offering her money to attend her brand’s New York Fashion Week show
- Love told The New York Post that associates for Sackler offered her more than $100,000 and other perks to attend the show, despite the former Hole singer’s well-documented struggle with opioid abuse.
- “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 told Page Six.
- In a series of dueling Instagram posts, Sackler denied the offer, said she respected Love’s “reasoning,” then claimed a representative for Love demanded more money.
- The Sacklers are one of the wealthiest families in the US, with an estimated fortune of $13 billion that exploded after OxyContin, the controversial prescription painkiller that many say has fueled the US opioid crisis, was brought to market in 1995.
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Courtney Love led the latest wave of criticism aimed at Joss Sackler and her billionaire family that has been identified as playing a key role in fueling the opioid crisis.
Love told The New York Post that associates for Sackler, who is known in New York society for founding a private social club and clothing company for women, tried to make her an offer to attend the heir’s New York Fashion Week show – despite the former Hole singer’s well-documented struggle with opioid abuse.
Love told the outlet that Sackler’s team offered her more than $100,000 to attend the LBV brand show alongside fashion stars Suki Waterhouse and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in addition to hair, makeup, transportation, and a custom-made dress embroidered with 24-carat gold thread.
In an Instagram post shared by Love on Wednesday, hours before Sackler’s show was set to start, a message that appears to be from a Sackler team member insists that the brand “would really like to make this work,” and that “the brand has no relation to Purdue Pharma other than Joss Sackler is married to the family.”
Love told Page Six that as “one of the most famous reformed junkies on the planet,” she didn’t plan to “sell out” to Sackler’s offer. Love also referenced her husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who famously struggled with addiction before his 1994 suicide.
“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.
Read more: The makers of OxyContin are reportedly offering up to $12 billion to settle 2,000 lawsuits on their role in the opioid crisis. Meet the Sacklers, who built their $13 billion fortune off the controversial prescription drug.
“This is shameless and offensive after everything I, many of my friends, and millions of other addicts have been through with OxyContin,” Love added. “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.”
Sackler and Love sparred with dueling Instagram posts ahead of the Monday afternoon show, as the designer posted screenshots of emails that seem to imply Love wanted more money.
Love hit back in the comments, writing “Check me out b***h. Come for me. Lying sack of #sacklerlies s**t.”
In 16 subsequent Instagram posts, Love posted bits of articles about the Sackler family, a message that seems to be from the brand team, a photo of Sackler, and a photo of her late husband, Kurt Cobain that all appeared alongside emotional and defiant captions about her disgust with the opioid crisis.
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Worst thing I have ever had to kick was opiates. Reading how the Sackler family devised recipes and dirty tricks to keep millions of people, rich and poor , smart and dumb, sick and well, respectable and not, coming back for more, better recipes of opiates, tricky and evil ways of keeping us hooked further and further , the whole country burning into this crises together now.. and not ONE. Word of repentance , not ONE dollar towards helping us. Just a whiny “ junkies ruined it for us” you made us junkies Sacklers, and you are making more “ junkies “ now, if that is what you call , PEOPLE THAT USE YOUR PRODUCT , OXYCONTIN.would love to know your OxyContin tales. I know how hardcore the allure of that stuff is. So hard to kick. I pray that I never again have to use it, “need “ it or god forbid .. want it. Shame. Shane. Shane. X
Sackler has been a controversial media figure since a February New York Times profile cast her Fashion Week show alongside the fiery protests happening over the opioid crisis elsewhere in the city. She immediately she lashed out in at the mention of the issue, writing in a now-deleted open letter that reporters should “Stop talking about who the men in my life are, and review the f - - king neon hoodies,” referring to a piece from her line.
The Sacklers are one of the wealthiest families in the US, with an estimated fortune of $13 billion that exploded after is OxyContin, the controversial prescription painkiller that many say has fueled the US opioid crisis, was brought to market in 1995. Purdue Pharma has faced hundreds of lawsuits over what accusers say is misleading marketing of OxyContin that contributed to hundreds of thousands of opioid-related deaths.