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Puddle of Mudd Vocalist Facing Domestic Violence Charge

By May 15, 2013

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Puddle of Mudd have had a tough time of late maintaining the sales momentum that their early-2000 records enjoyed. They put out their last studio album of new material, Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate, back in 2009, and it barely cracked the Top 100 on the Billboard album charts, although the singles "Spaceship" and "Stoned" had some impact on rock radio. But lately, the band has been in the news for the hijinks of its lead singer. Those tabloid scandals got more serious on Monday.

According to TMZ, Los Angeles police arrested vocalist Wes Scantlin after an incident in a store in which, allegedly, he shook his ex-wife and tried to drag her by force. He's believed to be currently in jail on a charge of domestic violence.

Scantlin has faced legal issues for a while now. In September of last year, he was arrested after allegedly getting into an altercation with a flight attendant concerning selling him alcohol during the flight. As TMZ reported at the time, the pilot landed in Austin for an unscheduled stop just so that Scantlin could be removed and arrested. (For what it's worth, Scantlin later insisted he was sober and that the flight attendant was being rude to him.) A few months earlier, he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession. And that's not even mentioning an incident from earlier this month when police caught him speeding and, according to TMZ, noticed that he had warrants out for his arrest.

As you can see, this domestic violence arrest is just the latest legal embarrassment for Scantlin but, sadly, this isn't the first time he's been associated with this specific charge. In 2002, he and his fiancee at the time, Michelle Rubin, were arrested in connection to a domestic violence investigation. According to MTV News, "Several witnesses reported seeing a man forcing a woman into a Jeep Cherokee driven by a third person." Unfortunately for Puddle of Mudd fans, Scantlin's public dramas have been part of the band's legacy almost from the beginning.

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