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Celeb look-alike fools police

Celeb Doppelganger Convinces Cops He's Famous

A celebrity look-alike had Beverly Hills police convinced they had arrested someone famous.

Late Thursday, celeb gossip site TMZ posted an article claiming that former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland had been in jail for nearly a month after being arrested in July for stealing razors from a drugstore and being in the possession of meth.



Apparently the man asked police the famous question, "Do you know who I am?" And they thought they did.

Beverly hills police released a statement saying, "Celebrity arrest: the suspect, former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland (46 years of age), was taken into custody..."

The story quickly spread to other sites, like MTV, who wrongfully assumed TMZ had done their homework and cross referenced their source before reporting the arrest.

Then the real Scott Weiland posted a video on his Facebook saying, "All I have to say to our fans - whether you find it funny or interesting or whether you're sad - don't worry, don't fret. It's a lie. TMZ, you'll be hearing from my attorneys."

Oops.

On Friday, TMZ updated their story and reported that Beverly Hills police admitted their mistake and now have properly identified the man as 44 year old Jason Michael Hurley, who will face additional charges of giving false information to police.

Hurley is due in court on Tuesday.

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Tom P August 22 2014 at 2:24 PM

Between TMZ & Huffpost they should both be sued for impersonating a real reporter

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wlh1923 Tom P August 22 2014 at 7:01 PM

And how about getting a reporter that can at least correctly pronounce his own first name? Hi, I'm Chrischian Neilson

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TB Tom P August 22 2014 at 7:50 PM

HuffPo - Zsa Zsa's outfit - is made up of unpaid volunteers, while she reaps zillions of those evil bucks she claims are baaaad.

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plewdawg August 22 2014 at 3:53 PM

See black people...THIS is how you react when the police screw up! No fighting, no blood no pain no death and NO AL SHARPTON!!! Only a bigger bank account STOP BEING STUPID!

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theomegaman72 August 22 2014 at 4:14 PM

Love it....get out the checkbook Harvey

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investigatorkch August 22 2014 at 2:56 PM

who cares................ he should be glad it wasn't him.....ligthen up creep............you guys are OVER... be glad they knew who you were........

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Tom P August 22 2014 at 2:22 PM

That Jew Levine does this all the time on TMZ. He needs to be sued to shut him down

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Donald August 22 2014 at 1:35 PM

LOL, great work po-po and TMZ hope he sues you pants off.

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BlackDeep August 22 2014 at 6:45 PM

Who is he?

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spdy65 August 22 2014 at 6:37 PM

I really cannot think of any situation involving an arrest where the question "don't you know who I am" should matter at all.

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yayabeanes August 22 2014 at 2:13 PM

Who?

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'57mad August 22 2014 at 8:27 PM

so the police department never actually verified who he was?? now that's what I call great police work

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