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Scott Stapp Reportedly Brawls With 311
First, Stapp allegedly got into a barroom brawl with members of 311 (music) on Thanksgiving. 311 posted its version of the incident at its MySpace.com website on Wednesday (11/30). Then, the singer was the topic of a conversation on Thursday's (12/1) edition of "The Howard Stern Show" following an allegedly intoxicated run-in with Stern's girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky.
"We did not intend to discuss this incident publicly, but since rumors are beginning to spread we'd like to set the record straight," reads 311's blog entry. "On November 24th (Thanksgiving), 311 had the day off in Baltimore, Maryland. [311 members] Chad Sexton, SA Martinez & P-Nut were relaxing in a hotel lounge with their wives and friends watching a basketball game on television. Scott Stapp entered the bar. He appeared intoxicated. He drank a shot at the bar and then threw his shot glass, smashing it on the bar."
The band's message goes on to claim that Stapp "was acting belligerent and got into an argument with patrons sitting at the bar," and that he then sat down next to Martinez and his wife and "made a disrespectful and crude remark" to Martinez's wife.
"Chad and SA asked him to step away," the blog entry continues. "He then sucker-punched Chad. Scott was looking for a fight--and that's what he got."
Martinez, who reportedly ended up with a fractured knuckle as a result of the skirmish, has since been quoted by MTV News as saying that he "threw a punch and hit Scott," who he said "went down," and that Sexton then "came over and hit Scott too."
Hotel security and police broke up the melee, and police questioned all involved, but no arrests were made and no charges have been filed, according to published reports. Stapp was ultimately asked to leave the hotel, according to 311.
A spokesperson for Stapp declined to comment on the incident, but hotel security director Jonathan Jordan painted a different picture, according to a Billboard report, in which Jordan claimed that Stapp was "attacked" by 311 band members.
"It was definitely started by 311," Jordan is quoted as saying.
Stapp's troubles apparently continued during a Tuesday (11/29) taping of cable-television channel Spike TV's "Casino Cinema," which Ostrosky hosts with actor Steve Schirripa ("The Sopranos"), and on which Stapp was the scheduled celebrity guest.
Stern said on the air Thursday (12/1) that, according to Ostrosky, Stapp showed up "drunk out of his frickin' mind, wasted on something," and proceeded to tell Ostrosky--who, at that point, he didn't know was Stern's girlfriend--that "bimbo's like you, they don't go for me."
Stern went on to say that Stapp was "yelling and screaming, [with] a chip on his shoulder," and that Ostrosky assured Stern that Stapp will "look like a jerk" when his appearance on "Casino Cinema" airs Dec. 6.
While on the set of "Casino Cinema," according to the New York Daily News, Stapp also said that he recently met U2's Bono and the Edge, and that "Bono was an a--hole" to him, and that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl--who once mocked Stapp by doing an unflattering impersonation of the singer while covering Creed's "With Arms Wide Open"--had a "freaking little" sex organ.
Claims of allegedly intoxicated behavior aren't new to Stapp. In 2003, several fans filed a class-action lawsuit against him and the rest of Creed, in which they claimed that the 15,000 fans who attended one of the band's performances in Chicago were entitled to a refund because Stapp was allegedly inebriated to the point that he was barely able to perform. The case was dismissed in 2003.
In June of 2004, Creed announced that it had broken up. Guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and original Creed bassist Brian Marshall--who split with the group in 2000--teamed with former Mayfield Four singer Myles Kennedy to form Alter Bridge, which released its debut set last year.
Stapp, meanwhile, offered up his solo debut, titled "The Great Divide," last month. The disc sold about 94,000 copies during its first week in stores, and debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200.
By comparison, Creed's final album--2003's "Weathered"--sold almost 900,000 copies during its first week out, and debuted atop the album chart.
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