LOS ANGELES -- Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is
scheduled to appear at a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles County Superior
Court on Wednesday (Aug. 12) to answer charges of heroin and
hypodermic-needle possession, stemming from a September 1997 arrest.
This is the first scheduled court date in the 30-year-old singer's Los Angeles
case since a bench warrant was issued for his arrest after he skipped a July 9
hearing. Weiland, who was spotted loitering outside the courtroom on the
morning of that hearing, spent nearly two weeks on the lam before he was
picked up on July 21 and subsequently released the next morning on $250,000
Weiland, who has been battling drug addiction for years, had missed four
hearings prior to the July 9 court date, according to District Attorney Penny
Schneider. Judge Larry P. Fidler issued the bench warrant for his arrest
following the last missed appearance.
"We're just waiting to see if he appears -- just like everyone else," Sandi
Gibbons, a court spokeswoman, said of Wednesday's hearing.
Robert Kalina, the attorney who is representing Weiland in an unrelated New
York case involving a June 1 arrest for heroin possession and trespassing, said
last week that he expects the singer to attend the Los Angeles hearing. Weiland
was excused from a July 31 hearing in the New York case when Kalina told the
judge that his client was undergoing rehab.
Weiland's attorney for the Los Angeles case, Michael Nasatir, did not return
calls at press time.
The Los Angeles charges stem from a September 1997 arrest in which Weiland
was stopped on a traffic violation and allegedly found with a "personal-use
quantity" of heroin and a hypodermic needle.
Some of Weiland's fans are hoping the singer makes it to the hearing this time.
"That judge is probably still pretty mad at him for skipping court and it's definitely
in his best interest to show up in court Wednesday," Weiland fan Jennifer
Hagey, 20, of Tulsa, Okla., wrote in an e-mail. "Even if he's still in rehab, it
wouldn't hurt to check out for a while and show up at court and fess up to his
legal hot water -- as long as he gets his rear right back to rehab afterward."
STP, whose platinum-selling, Grammy-winning sound ranges from retro pop to
heavy, post-grunge rock, have not released an album since 1996's Tiny
Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop. The band has been in hiatus
since early 1997.
Meanwhile, Weiland launched his solo career with the album 12 Bar
Blues, which includes the single