Scott Weiland pleaded guilty to domestic battery in Las Vegas Justice Court
Wednesday and was ordered to attend 26 counseling sessions.
Judge Douglas Smith approved a plea bargain that will dismiss the case
against the Stone Temple Pilots singer in six months if the counseling
sessions are completed and there are no further incidents.
Weiland was arrested in November at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas for allegedly grabbing his wife's arms and pushing her against the
wall several times (see "Weiland Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge In
Vegas"). Mary Weiland told police the incident began when the couple got into a verbal argument after she tried to keep him from refilling a prescription medication. The couple's 18-month-old son was in the room at the time.
"It was a very defensible case, but it would have required my client's wife
to testify, and he didn't want that," Weiland's attorney, David Chesnoff,
said Thursday (December 20). "This resolution is good for Scott and good for the state of
Chesnoff said Weiland's counseling sessions can be at his home in Los
Angeles with a counselor of his choice.
After he was arrested early November 19, Weiland spent 12 hours in jail
until he was released on $3,000 bail. Later that night he performed at the
hotel's live music venue, the Joint, with his bandmates.
Weiland has a long history of legal troubles. In late 1999, he was sentenced
to spend one year in Los Angeles County Jail's Biscailuz Recovery Center
after violating the probation he was serving for a 1997 arrest on heroin
possession charges (see "STP's Scott Weiland Ordered Back To Jail"). The court found the singer to be in violation of that probation when he was treated for a heroin overdose in July 1999.
He was released from jail in January 2000 but remained in a supervised
treatment program (see "Weiland Tastes Freedom While STP Drops 'Heaven And
Hot Rods' ").