Wes Scantlin, lead singer of Puddle of Mudd, and his fiancée were arrested Sunday in California for investigation of domestic violence, according to a spokesperson for the Ventura County sheriff’s department.
Scantlin, whose full name is Wesley Reid Scantlin, and Michelle Rubin were arrested after witnesses reported seeing the couple, on their way to a video shoot, fighting on the side of Highway 126 in Piru, California, the spokesperson said. The reason for the argument was not disclosed.
Several witnesses reported seeing a man forcing a woman into a Jeep Cherokee driven by a third person. Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers stopped the Jeep and arrested the couple.
Scantlin’s arrest will not affect the Puddle of Mudd tour scheduled to begin Tuesday (March 12) in Austin, Texas. The show will go on and, according to the venue, is sold out. The band is also still scheduled to appear at MTV Spring Break on March 15.
Scantlin and Rubin were booked Sunday at the Ventura County jail and were released after posting $20,000 bail each. Their arraignment is scheduled for March 15.
The district attorney has not decided whether to file the case as a misdemeanor or a felony, according to the sheriff’s department. If it is filed as a felony, Scantlin and Rubin will have to appear in court for the arraignment. There have been no restrictions imposed on their traveling, however.
The alleged incident bears a striking resemblance to Puddle of Mudd’s video for “Control,” in which Scantlin gets into a fight with his girlfriend on the side of a country road. Both Scantlin and Fred Durst, who directed the video, had no comment on the matter.
[This story was updated at 4:17 P.M. EST on 03.12.02.]