Singer threatens to sue TMZ, who had been told police had arrested Weiland for crystal meth possession
Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has threatened to sue TMZ, after reports appeared claiming Weiland had been arrested for possession of crystal meth and stealing razors from a Beverly Hills drugstore.
Beverly Hills police issued a press release headlined “Celebrity arrest” after the culprit was arrested on July 26, which was reported by TMZ. However, it has now emerged that the man arrested – despite claiming he was Weiland – is actually called Jason Hurley, who is two years younger than Weiland and has red hair rather than the singer’s black hair.
Hurley has been in custody since his arrest last month, after being unable to pay bail of $95,000 (£57,000). TMZ say police had told them that they had performed “a physical check” on Hurley to confirm that he was Weiland, but the police have now been forced to admit their error.
Shortly before Hurley’s real identity emerged, Weiland posted a video from his recording studio on Facebook. In the video, which can be seen below, Weiland said: “I just got done reading a nice piece of fiction from TMZ, saying I’ve been in jail for four weeks. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album. This is the studio we’re in right now. All I have to say to our fans is ‘Don’t fret, don’t worry, it’s a lie.’ TMZ, you’ll be hearing from my attorneys.”
Since leaving Stone Temple Pilots last year, Weiland -also the former frontman of Guns N’ Roses spin-off Velvet Revolver – has regularly toured around the US. The day before Hurley’s arrest, he played a show in Louisiana.