Judge Lets Weiland Go To Europe, Praises His Rehab Efforts

Velvet Revolver singer receives certificate from treatment facility.

Scott Weiland got good news on Tuesday when he appeared in a Pasadena, California, court — the judge overseeing his probation from two felony charges of drug possession deemed his efforts to stay clean a success and granted the singer permission to leave the country for Velvet Revolver's European tour.

At his probation status hearing, Weiland received a certificate from Genesis, a nearby treatment facility, for completing a six-month program there. Pasadena Superior Court Commissioner Collette Serio also noted that all of Weiland's drug tests have come out negative. While Velvet Revolver tour Europe, the singer will have to continue periodic drug testing.

"The judge congratulated [Weiland] for complying with everything," Weiland spokesperson Mitch Schneider said. "They were very happy with his participation in the [rehab] program, and that he had been so cooperative.

"The judge even congratulated him on his success with Velvet Revolver and apologized for the technicality," Schneider said, referring to a bench warrant issued on Friday and held until Tuesday to ensure Weiland's appearance in court (see "Warrant Issued For Weiland; Lawyer Calls It Technicality"). Schneider said the court had forgotten to take Weiland's scheduled appearance on Friday off the record once it had been moved to Tuesday.

Now that Weiland's completed the terms of his sober-living program for the possession offense, he's scheduled to continue after-care counseling and testing while serving three years of probation for pleading no contest to driving under the influence (see "Scott Weiland Sentenced To Three Years' Probation For DUI"). Under the terms of that probation, he's required to enroll in another six-month drug-treatment program, which, like Genesis, will allow him to come and go, and he also must attend three Narcotics Anonymous meetings per week for the next three years.

In addition, his DUI sentence requires him to pay restitution to the owner of the parked vehicle he struck. A hearing on that matter is scheduled for September 9.

Weiland's next probation status hearing is scheduled for October 1.