UPDATE 9:12 a.m. EST: Gawker is now reporting that the Beverly Hills Police Department have been duped by a celebrity imposter. “After the police department issued a ‘celebrity statement’ about the arrest, the real Weiland caught wind and posted a video online to show police they had a different man in custody,” Gawker writes. “Now police are apparently ‘actively investigating’ the identity of the man they’ve had locked up since July.”
UPDATE 9:56 p.m. EST: Weiland disputes the TMZ report, reporting via Facebook that he’s been “locked up… in the studio!”
Scott Weiland has spent the last four weeks in jail, according to a report today by TMZ. Word is the former Stone Temple Pilot and Velvet Revolver singer was busted stealing razors from a Beverly Hills drug store by a security guard. Weiland fled the store and escaped the guard, but when the cops finally flagged him down, they found methamphetamine on his persons.
Weiland then did the most Weiland thing ever, telling the cops that hey man, he’s Scott Weiland. Totally cool, right? Man’s gotta shave, yeah?
This apparently happened about a month ago, and he’s been in the clink ever since. According to TMZ:
The Stone Temple Pilots singer is in jail … charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and burglary.
We’re also told Scott pulled the celeb card, telling cops, “I’m Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.”
It didn’t work. He’s been in jail the last 4 weeks on $95,000 bond.
BTW … as for why the charge was burglary instead of simple theft … cops say he entered with the intent of stealing, and their proof is that he carried an “insulated” bag which prevents censors from going off.
Stereogum reports that recently Weiland has suggested he’s fallen on hard times, and the reason why he hasn’t posted the bail is because offers to reunite Velvet Revolver for “easy money” have been rejected by bandmates Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner.
They have the cash in the bank, Weiland claims, and he’s just half the man he used to be — financially and otherwise.
File Under: Big Empty.