If only it was a just video game, but this isn’t a level of “Grand Theft Auto.” Producer Scott Storch was apprehended by police in Miami on Friday and charged with, well, grand theft auto. The producer posted an undisclosed amount for his bond soon after. MTV News obtained a copy of the police report and, according to the authorities, Storch had begun leasing a 2004 Bentley GT in February 2006, with a return date of March 2008. The owners of the vehicle, Atlas Leasing Company, are alleging that Storch failed to comply with the terms of their leasing agreement.
Atlas Leasing also claims the producer’s negligence has cost the company $65,000 in revenue that could have been accruing from other clients for the Bentley. Storch has had a slew of legal and financial troubles in the past year or so. In June 2008, he failed to show for a child-support hearing where he was accused of being behind in his payments . Storch was also way behind on paying his property taxes, owing the government $500,000 which resulted in having his $10 million Miami mansion foreclosed on.
At one time, Storch was one of the most in-demand producers in music. He showed versatility, crafting hits such as “Candy Shop” for 50 Cent, “Lean Back” for Fat Joe’s Terror Squad and “Baby Boy” for Beyoncé.
There is no word yet on a court date for Storch’s grand theft auto charges.