By John Vibes | Free Thought Project
A shoplifter who was recently arrested by police in Beverly Hills was able to convince the entire police department that he was a famous rock musician for almost a whole month. Late last month, 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley was arrested with meth near a Rite Aid that he had reportedly stolen from.
When police arrived on the scene, they could not find any identification on Hurley, but he insisted that he was rock musician Scott Weiland. He must have looked somewhat like Weiland, because the police booked him under that name and held him in jail for nearly a month without looking into it any deeper.
Entertainment news source TMZ somehow learned that someone of that name was sitting in a Beverly Hills jail, so they published a report stating that Scott Weiland was locked up. Weiland quickly heard about the report, and posted a video to his Facebook page showing his fans that he was in fact a free man.
“I just got done reading something very interesting. A nice piece of fiction saying I was in jail and have been for months. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording, this is the studio we’re in right now. So all I have to say to our fans is don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s a lie,” Weiland said in the Facebook video.
Weiland also threatened legal action against TMZ, which quickly prompted someone at the website to call the police station back to find out why they were originally provided with that information.
According to TMZ, when they called they were told by the police that, “He is definitely in custody. We did a physical check on that inmate and he is currently in custody.”