After weeks of comments questioning his sobriety and sanity, the singer-songwriter recorded and released a video titled “Public Statement #1” on the band’s Facebook page to tell his side of the story.
“Once the rumors started coming out, I began getting blood and urine tests once a week just in case someone tried to call me to the carpet on it, I could prove it,” Stapp said. “I just wanted to let all my fans out there and all my friends out there know that right now I’m under some kinda pretty vicious attack.”
According to the Miami Herald, Stapp’s wife, Jaclyn, filed for divorce in Palm Beach County after eight years of marriage and is seeking full custody of the couple’s three kids. The former Miss New York USA has alleged that the “Higher” singer had been on a drug binge of amphetamines, crystal meth and steroids for the past month and has become paranoid as a result, threatening to end his own life and harm his family.
“I still haven’t figured out the reasons why except about eight weeks ago, I began an audit, not only of my record company, but my personal finances,” Stapp added. “During the course of that audit, a lot of things were uncovered, um, a lot of money was stolen from me or royalties not paid and that’s when all hell began to break loose. So I think you guys are smart enough to put two and two together…there are people that have taken advantage and stolen money from me and they’re trying to discredit me, slander me, I’ve even been threatened that if I went public, like I’m doing right now, that any impropriety or anything that I’ve ever done in my past that these individuals can get their hands on to humiliate and embarrass me and try to ruin my credibility, that they would do that.”
To close out the 15-minute clip, which details his financial struggles--"I'm completely penniless"--and his living situation at a Holiday Inn after living in his truck for two weeks and, of course, the rededication of his life to Christ, Stapp turned the spotlight on another hot button topic in the headlines: Ferguson, Missouri.
“There's so many more important things going on than my issues, as we can see on the news right now with the Ferguson case, but America’s not right,” Stapp added. “People’s civil rights are getting violated. People’s freedoms are getting violated. When someone can have all their money taken out of their bank account and no one’s held responsible, when someone can get targeted by the IRS because of a clerical error, when someone can get completely slandered and lies made up about them and post it all over the Internet and there’s no consequences for those people, there’s a problem. There is definitely a problem. This is not the country that I grew up believing in. This is not the America that I want for my children and their future."
"I'm here to tell you right now, that despite what's probably gonna happen to me by posting this video, I'm gonna fight. I'm gonna raise awareness and I'm gonna let the world know everything that's been done to me over the last nine weeks."