March 9, 2012 11:40

Ex-QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri pleads not guilty to domestic violence, guns and drug charges

Rocker could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted

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Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges relating to domestic violence, firearm and drug offences.

TMZ reports that the rocker has denied the five charges that were brought against him in August last year, after police were called to his apartment on July 12 2011 when his girlfriend claimed he wouldn't let her leave the property.

Oliveri's girlfriend also told officers that he had struck her repeatedly during a heated argument the previous day, and police then found quantities of cocaine and methamphetamines as well as a fully loaded rifle.

The bassist is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer.

A pre-trial will take place on April 13 and, if convicted, Oliveri could face up to 15 years in prison.

Oliveri was fired from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004. Josh Homme was initially reluctant to reveal the reasons for sacking his bandmate, but was later persuaded to admit that it was down to allegations of domestic violence against Oliveri.

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