Rockstar Air Rage Forces Emergency Plane Landing
It’s been lean times for many of the bands of the nu-metal explosion of the late nineties and early 00s. Especially when a key player, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, recently admitted that his band “were a moment in time and it’s over.” Now a band that Durst first signed during the boom, Puddle Of Mudd, are making headlines once more – but for all the wrong reasons.
The grungy American act were last seen bothering the music scene with their 2011 covers album Re:(Disc)overed (take that grammar!), but frontman (and sole remaining founding member) Wes Scantlin has now come back into the spotlight for bothering an entire plane’s worth of people with his drunken antics.
The Daily Mail reports that Scantlin was arrested at a Texas airport after allegedly being ‘drunkenly combative with a flight attendant’ on a flight to Los Angeles. The 40-year-old singer allegedly got into a verbal dispute with the crew “over alcohol”, leading to the flight being re-routed to Bergstrom International Airport in the city of Austin for an emergency stop.
Once they’d mad their emergency landing, Scantlin was booted from the plane, arrested, and charged with public intoxication with airport security and police telling press that the Puddle Of Mudd vocalist was “upset because the flight crew wouldn’t sell him booze.”
Scantlin could also face federal charges for interfering with the flight crew, and has been transported to Travis County Jail, where he remains until he’s to face his charges.
It’s not the first time the singer has flirted with with the law either.
Scantlin pleaded guilty to felony cocaine possession last July, agreeing to enrol in a drug counselling programme as part of a plea deal following his initial January arrest that saw prosecutors dropping two misdemeanour counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without a licence.
But Scantlin failed to make his scheduled court appearance in August over the drug charges and proof of his treatment, leading to a Los Angeles judge issuing a warrant for Scantlin’s arest.
It’s pretty much dashed his hopes of a clean record, following the same LA judge promising to clear Scantlin’s criminal sheet if he proved to complicit and obey the law over an 18-month period. Considering he’s now a wanted man and could potentially face federal charges for grounding flight because he wanted a Scotch, he could be facing some serious jail-time. Serial douchebaggery will do that to a guy.
For better or worse, the life of a rock star involves plenty of time spent on aeroplanes. Hence, it’s not altogether unsurprising that quite a few of them have caused a ruckus while on planes over the years. Perhaps it’s because they’re not allowed to smoke, perhaps it’s because they’ve indulged in a bit too much of the free booze offered on board, or perhaps simply because they are on an aeroplane and that leads to misbehaviour – count down with us as we remember some of our favourite rock star aeroplane dummy spits. Watch this slideshow »