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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