Celeb look-alike fools police
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."
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.