Call me crazy but if I were a world-famous rock star, I’d be extra-sure to steer clear of the demon drugs. I think we've all seen enough evidence that things just never end well when celebrity meets controlled substance. Unless, you know, you’re Snoop Dogg.
So it goes with beleaguered Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin who has pled guilty to cocaine possession charges.
The singer – who just turned 40 and hasn’t exactly been having a banner year (see divorce, IRS contretemps etc ) - will not serve jail time now that he’s struck a deal with prosecutors, according to TMZ. That’s likely a huge relief since our man was facing a possible four-plus years. Scantlin does have to attend a drug rehabilitation program, however.
TMZ adds that in exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors have dropped the other charges Scantlin was facing: being under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without a license.
The charges stem from an incident which took place earlier this year, when Scantlin was arrested after being pulled over at 3 am in Culver City, California by cops for an unknown traffic offence. (And aren’t those the worst kind?)
Police then searched his car and found a controlled substance. That kind of makes Puddle of Mudd’s reading of the JJ Cale classic, “Cocaine” on its most recent covers album, Re:(discovered) kind of ironic, no? Ditto Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”
Now may be the time for Scantlin to focus on another cover from that same 2011 album: “Gimme Shelter.”