Well, this is a doozy. Sometime last night, TMZ reported that former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland had been locked up in a Los Angeles jail since July 26 for possession of meth. He’d allegedly been busted by Beverly Hills cops after shoplifting some razors from a Rite Aid, and the drugs were found after they searched him. He was locked up, with bail set at $95,000.
The problem with the story is that Weiland was never arrested, and has been performing and recording with his new band, the Wildabouts. We know this because, after hearing about his purported incarceration, he posted a video on Facebook saying TMZ’s report was a work of “fiction” and that they’d be hearing from his lawyers. The problem with any potential lawsuit against the gossip site is that they had a credible source — the Beverly Hills Police Department. “BHPD gave us a written statement, titled ‘Celebrity Arrest,’ which read, ‘The suspect, former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland (46 years of age), was taken into custody…,'” they said, defending themselves.
TMZ saw Weiland’s video and called up the L.A. County Sheriff to basically say, “Hey, you don’t have this guy in jail,” so the sheriffs did a “physical check” and confirmed that Weiland was in jail. Later on, however, the BHPD would realize what happened — they had a man they believed to be Scott Weiland in jail, but it was most definitely not the ex-Velvet Revolver frontman.
Thanks to a new fingerprint check, the inmate was discovered to be 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley, who somehow managed to convince the police that he was Weiland after giving them the singer’s name and correct birthdate when he was booked (he must be a big fan to know Weiland’s birthday). On top of his previous charges, he’ll probably face charges of giving false information to the officers. In a report you can see below, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center still currently Weiland lists as a prisoner and says he’s due in court on Tuesday, August 26.
And here we thought Weiland’s conspiracy allegations against his old STP bandmates was bizarre.