Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin has been arrested after his neighbour alleged that he had taken a ‘buzz saw’ (a circular saw) to her patio.
The incident appears to be the culmination of a long running feud with his Los Angeles neighbour, electro-pop artist Sasha Gradiva.
Speaking to TMZ after his arrest, Scantlin said: “My neighbor vandalised my house, so I had to take action.” Asked why he used a circular saw to attack Gradiva’s property, Scantlin replied, confusingly: “It’s called a sledgehammer, dawg.”
Gradiva claims that Scantlin has attacked her property at least 10 times in the past and that she has repeatedly called the police to alert the authorities to her neighbour’s behaviour. “I called the police multiple times,” says Gradiva. “Every time, he would run into his house and lock the doors and he wouldn’t open them. Police couldn’t exactly get him for my call, but yesterday they got him. He literally was jumping from my patio to his roof, and [police officers] were running around his house to catch him.”
“This has been going on for a while, a few months. I didn’t really want to talk about it,” Gradiva tells The Hollywood Reporter of her run-ins with Scantlin. “I just focus on my music, but yesterday was just completely ridiculous.”
Gradiva claims that Scantlin is envious of the view from her patio, which looks out over his roof. The singer explains that he once placed a tent on his roof to block the view and also put up a giant flag. “He gets really creative with his ideas to annoy me,” she says. “He put a huge flag on the border of my wall. On my side, it had the name of his band. On the other, it was an American flag.”
Gradiva says she’s pursuing a restraining order against Scanlin after the damage to her property, and hopes sharing her side of the story will speed up the process.
Scantlin was arrested earlier this year for domestic violence after allegedly beating up his ex-wife.
The incident happened in Los Angeles in May. Police were called to a business in West Hollywood after it was reported that Scantlin apparently dragged his ex-wife and then pulled her by the arm or the shirt. Scantlin was also arrested on May 7 for warrants stemming from his guilty plea to cocaine possession in June 2012. He was also arrested last September after arguing with staff on board a flight. The plane he was on was forced to make an emergency stop in Austin, Texas and Scantlin was removed and arrested.