Opioid heiress Joss Sackler has claimed the only reason recovering addict Courtney Love refused to attend her fashion show was due to money.
Sackler, who is part of the family that owns controversial Purdue Pharma, reportedly offered the Hole singer more than $100,000 to attend her New York Fashion Week show last week.
But Love, who has been sober a year from an addiction to painkillers, rejected the money and branded the offer as ‘shameless’.
Now the row has escalated as Sackler claimed Love only refused because she was not offered enough money.
In an Instagram post the heiress claimed that through Love’s publicist, Beth Morris, that Love asked for at least $275,000 to secure the rock icon’s attendance at LBV show.
OxyContin Joss Sackler at the LBV Runway Show during New York Fashion Week last week. She reportedly offered Courtney Love $100,000 to attend the event
Singer Courtney Love checking out of the Mercer Hotel last week. Sackler claimed Love turned down an offer to attend her show because she was not offered enough money
Sackler posted what appeared to be emails from Love’s publicist, Beth Morris, in which she says it would have to be a minimum of $275,000 payment
Love hit back with an Instagram post, claiming the allegations were lies as the row between the pair escalated
Morris appears to have written in one email: ‘It would need to be 275k minimum. We also like to protect her image as much as poss – the association w/ wine and pharmaceuticals here tough one.’
Sackler also posted another email apparently from Morris, saying: ‘Money would have to be higher.’
Love commented on one of the emails, saying: ‘Check me out you b****. Come for me. Lying sack of #sacklerlies s***.’
The singer went on to say she was asking for a ‘stupid a** amount’ to donate to music charities.
After the New York Fashion Week show she posted that Sackler’s event was ‘redolent of defiant wealth’.
Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, is accused of making billions from the opioid epidemic linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the US.
Joss Sackler is married to David, who was on the board of Purdue and manages some of the family money through a wealth fund.
The Sackler family made $4 billion from the sale of prescription medications between 2008 and 2016 through the family business, according to court filings.
Sackler claimed Love’s representatives responded that the ‘money would have to be higher’ for her to attend the fashion show after they offered $100,000
Courtney Love attends the Sies Marjan front row during New York Fashion Week yesterday
Joss Sackler and Alison Bruhn at the New York City Ballet’s 2017 Fall Fashion Gala in 2017
Attorney generals in over 40 states have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, with David’s father Richard Sackler alleged to be the architect behind the rise of the OxyContin epidemic.
On Wednesday the billionaire Sackler family said it will relinquish control of their prescription drug empire and donate $3billion of their personal wealth to battling the national opioid crisis as part of a tentative agreement to settle the landmark lawsuit against them.
There were 27 states and territories and more than 2,000 cities that settled, according to the terms of the deal which were leaked this week and could the firm declare bankruptcy.
Sackler has distanced herself from the company she married into but previously defended the family business, adding: ‘I believe they will be completely vindicated. But they have nothing to do with LBV.’
The 34-year-old reportedly wanted Love to wear a custom-made ‘Phoenix’ dress from LBV embroidered with 24-carat gold thread, have hair and make-up, plus a car service as well as over $100,000 as payment.
According to emails from Sackler’s team to the punk singer, she ’embodies’ her fashion brand, according to Page Six.
The emails reportedly stated: ‘Elizabeth Kennedy [LBV creative director] and Joss are huge fans of Courtney…She best embodies the women they are dressing…strong and undeterred.
‘The brand has no relation to Purdue….other than Joss is married to the family.’
Courtney Love leaves the mercer in NYC last night after attending New York Fashion Week
Joss Sackler’s spokeswoman said the claims Courtney Love was offered $100,000 to attend her fashion show were ‘not accurate’
Other stars such as Suki Waterhouse and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld were also expected to be at the show.
But Hole singer rejected the offer and called on the Sackler’s to develop a non-addicted painkiller or funding rehab facilities.
She told the New York Post: ‘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.
‘I never would take their money – Joss is delusional, talking about her fashion line and private members club, their ”philanthropical arm”.
‘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.
Family values: David Sackler, whose father Richard is named as the man responsible for the rise of OxyContin in multiple lawsuits, has spoken to Vanity Fair (David’s wife Joss on left, his dad Richard on right)
‘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.’
Love has been addicted to OxyContin and tranquilizers and was ordered by a court to go to drug rehab in 2004.
Elizabeth Tuke, a spokeswoman for LBV and Joss Sackler told Page Six: ‘This is not accurate. Courtney Love is not attending [the show]. I can’t comment any further.’
More than 47,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids in 2017 – more than AIDS killed at the peak of its own epidemic and more than auto accidents kill annually.
The death toll since 2000 is estimated to be in excess of 391,000.
In 2007, Purdue Pharma and three of its top executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges of misbranding the drug and were forced to pay a $634 million fine.
However it’s only now that members of the family are being targeted specifically, along with the company.