Stone Temple Pilots Singer Skips Court Date

Scott Weiland ordered to answer the drug charge or face another arrest.

Stone Temple Pilots singer and solo artist Scott Weiland failed to appear at a court date in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 11) to answer charges of drug possession because, ironically, he was recently admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility, according to an Associated Press report.

The troubled 30-year-old singer, who was arrested on June 1 in New York after police allegedly found him in possession of $100 worth of heroin, missed the date to answer two charges of alleged felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle, which were filed in February. The two charges stemmed from an unrelated arrest in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler said he would issue a bench warrant for the singer's arrest if he failed to show up at the next court date, June 25, AP reported.

Weiland, who has publicly struggled with drug abuse in the past and has discussed in interviews his repeated stints in rehabilitation facilities, was forced to cancel the four remaining dates on his first-ever solo tour to support his debut solo album, 12 Bar Blues -- which includes the single

"Barbarella" (RealAudio excerpt) -- following the recent New York bust.

The most recent arrest occurred while New York police were conducting one of their periodic sweeps of the Wald housing development, which is off-limits to non-residents. The singer reportedly told arresting officers that he was buying drugs when confronted. Weiland pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree criminal trespass, both of which carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

The L.A. charges for which Weiland failed to appear in court to answer Thursday carry a maximum penalty of three years in state prison.

Weiland was busted in 1995 for possession of a controlled substance and subsequently entered a rehabilitation facility. That stint was followed by another stay in rehab in April of that year following a relapse and yet another trip to rehab that same December, which again scotched his multi-platinum, Grammy-winning group STP's tour plans to support their 1996 album, Tiny Music ... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop.

Neither Weiland's lawyer, Michael Nasatir, nor a representative for his label, Atlantic Records, could be reached for comment at press time.