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Bench Warrant Issued for Wes Scantlin’s Arrest

The Puddle of Mudd leader is in trouble again for skipping out on a court date stemming from his previous arrest for cocaine possession.

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By Shawn Dwyer

12/16/13

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Wes Scantlin, the oft-arrested lead singer and guitarist for the post-grunge band Puddle of Mudd, will once again find himself wearing steel bracelets after a judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest last Friday.

Scantlin was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court on Thursday, December 12th, in connection with his 2012 arrest for possession of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to felony drug possession, while the judge agreed to delay his conviction for 18 months in exchange for Scantlin being ordered to enroll in a drug treatment program. The most recent court date was to inform the judge about his treatment progress. Celebrity gossip site TMZ caught up with Scantlin later that day and asked whether or not such a warrant was issued. The singer responded with a terse, “No,” and subsequently joked about being vigorously questioned, asking TMZ’s cameraman “Does it look like I’m cuffed?”

Over the years, Scantlin has made more headlines for his arrests than he has with his music. He was arrested in 2004 for disorderly conduct while intoxicated in Toronto after forcing his bandmates off stage and berating the crowd; three years later, he was banned from Elvis Presley’s mansion, Graceland, after he decided to jump into the pool for a swim; and in 2012, Scantlin was arrested for drunken antics on a cross-country flight that forced an emergency landing in Austin, TX.

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