Scott Weiland

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UPDATE: First of all, Scott Weiland was in the studio tonight, not in jail—nor has he been in jail any time since July 26.

The rocker, flanked by the members of his band the Wildabouts, made a video late Thursday to assure fans that he most certainly had not been arrested for shoplifting and drug possession, as was first reported by TMZ and subsequently confirmed by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

"I've actually been touring, writing and recording my new album," the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman said. "In the studio we're in right now. A Los Angeles studio. All I have to say to our fans is, whether you found it funny, or interesting or whether you were sad, don't worry. Don't fret."

What ultimately happened, according to a "Celebrity Arrest Corrected Information" news release issued by the BHPD a few hours after Weiland posted his Facebook video, was that another man entirely had been busted and had identified himself as "former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland." He was entered into the system and a booking sheet was filed for a 46-year-old inmate named Scott Weiland.

The suspect has since been identified, per the release, as 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley—and police are now requesting that he also be charged with furnishing false information to a peace officer, in addition to burglary and possession of a controlled substance for the July 26 incident.

Too, too weird.

(Originally published Aug. 21, 2014, at 6:53 p.m. PT)


Scott Weiland's surroundings for the past four weeks have been none too plush.

The trouble-plagued rocker, best known for fronting the Grammy-winning bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has been behind bars since being arrested July 26 for alleged burglary and possession of a controlled substance. 

The Beverly Hills Police Department tells E! News that they received a call at 9:34 a.m. that day about a possible shoplifting at a Rite Aid on Bedford Drive. Officers searched the area and happened upon a possible suspect, who turned out to be Weiland. He was taken into custody on suspicion of burglary and cops also allegedly found meth on him.

Bail was set at $20,000 when he was processed at the Beverly Hills station, but he ended up being transferred Aug. 2 to Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. His bail has since been upped to $95,000, according to his booking sheet.

Weiland's next court date is Aug. 26.

According to TMZ, which first reported his arrest, law-enforcement sources said that the 46-year-old musician had swiped some razor blades from Rite Aid and the charge was increased to burglary from simple theft because he had been carrying an insulated bag that wouldn't set off theft detectors.

Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots


The Core artist has been in and out of trouble with the law, his issues mainly drug-related, for the past 20 years. He chronicled his wild life in his 2011 autobiography Not Dead & Not for Sale. Last year he got tangled up in litigation with his STP, his former band mates suing him for breach of contract and accusing him of using the group's good name to promote his solo career. Weiland then countersued, maintaining that his onetime mates had conspired to kick him out of his own band.

Weiland was getting ready to tour with his solo band the Wildabouts in February 2013 when he told Rolling Stone that he thought his reputation for being difficult to work with was "kind of unfair."

"I suppose there's a perfect attendance award that's given out to some employees at some place,'s something that...I think that a majority of it has to do with things from the past," he said. "People read things on Google and they have these perceptions, these misconceived perceptions of who you are. At times that hurts, because they really don't know who I am."

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua

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