A man who convinced police he was the former lead singer for the Stone Temple Pilots when he was booked on suspicion of shoplifting is due in court next week -- this time under his real name.
Jason Michael Hurley, 44, claimed to be Scott Weiland when he was arrested July 26 and booked on suspicion of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance by Beverly Hills police, authorities said.
Hurley was in custody for four weeks under Weiland’s name until Thursday, with the real Scott Weiland released a video on Facebook showing him and his current bandmates in a recording studio to clarify he’s not in jail.
"I've actually been touring, writing and recording my new album,” he said in the video.
The post was in response to a story reported by the website TMZ that claimed Weiland was in custody.
The website claimed that Weiland had been in jail since July after he was arrested for shoplifting razors, and that when police searched him, they found methamphetamine.
Turns out Hurley was able to trick police and jail staff into thinking he was the famous rocker, police said late Thursday night.
The hoax went on for about four weeks before it was discovered Thursday, thanks to Weiland's Facebook video.
The now properly identified inmate will most likely face charges of giving false information to officers, police said.
Just how Hurley was able to trick police and jail staff is unclear, but he did have an upcoming court appearance Tuesday, according to records.
The real Weiland is threatening TMZ with legal action for what he called "a lie."
Attempts to reach TMZ for comment were not immediately successful.
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