Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was in the news last night — but not for putting out new music or anything of the like. He had been, apparently, arrested nearly a month ago for shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. Except he hadn’t. Someone claiming to be Weiland had managed to trick police — for almost four weeks — into believing he was the “Sour Girl” singer.
TMZ posted a story about not-Weiland’s arrest Thursday night after Beverly Hills police sent the organization a press release specifically stating that the STP singer had been caught shoplifting and in possession of meth.
The story prompted Weiland, who was very much not incarcerated, to post a video to Facebook with the caption, “Scott Weiland LOCKED UP… in the studio TMZ!”
“I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album,” he said in the video. “All I have to say to our fans is: Whether you find it funny or interesting or whether you’re sad, don’t worry, don’t fret — it’s a lie. TMZ, you’ll be hearing from my attorneys.”
The Beverly Hills Police Department soon after released a press release titled “Celebrity Arrest Corrected Information” explaining that on July 26 they had arrested a man at a Rite Aid who identified himself as Scott Weiland. He was taken into custody and believed to be Weiland until the police discovered, by looking at fingerprint records, that the man was, in fact, 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley. Hurley will also likely be charged with furnishing false information to the police.
Despite the release, however, at press time you can still find “Scott Weiland”s record via The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center.