July 30, 2013
Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin talked to The Hollywood Reporter to explain his arrest last week for allegedly vandalizing his neighbor’s patio.
Wes explained that the patio is technically his and that it was built as an encroachment on his property about two years ago. According to Scantlin, the property’s previous owner built a patio while he was away on tour with his band. The construction damaged his patio and a large outdoor staircase on the side of his home.
He said: ”To make a long story short, they thought ‘OK, dumb rock star is gonna be gone on tour. Dumb rock star is probably going to come home and not notice.’ But I noticed because I can’t get to my patio now. They destroyed 35 feet of my staircase, put up walls and boundaries and completely destroyed and vandalized my wall. I was just repairing and remodeling my property to the way it used to be.”
The neighbor involved in the whole thing is electro-pop recording artist Sasha Gradiva, aka “Gun Girl.” She bought the property a year ago with patio completely intact. Now, she’s asking for a criminal restraining order against Scantlin.
She said: ”This has been going on for a while now, a few months. Every time, he would run into his house and lock the doors and he wouldn’t open them. Police couldn’t exactly get him for my call, but they finally got him. He literally was jumping from my patio to his roof, and police officers were running around his house to catch him.”
When asked about the arrest, Scantlin said: ”I was arrested for vandalizing my own property. I’m not sure if I have to call the police every time that I’m getting ready to repair my house. Do I have to call the police and say, ‘Hi, how are you? I’m getting ready to repair my house. Is it OK if I repair my house?’”
Scantlin also said he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards Gradiva because she didn’t know about the situation when she bought the house, but he gave Gradiva and the property’s previous owner “ample amounts of time to remedy the whole situation.” He also claims he hired an attorney to get involved, but he “never did anything about it.”
Scantlin said: ”It’s not Sasha’s fault, but to file a restraining order against me for remodeling and repairing my property is outlandish. I would never harm a woman. I don’t resort to violence. The whole reason that I think they made my staircase non-accessible is because they were worried about peeping toms or something. I’m not gonna get up there and spy on her, I’ve got enough girls in my life. I don’t need to go peeping into some neighbor’s windows. I don’t do s–t like that.”
Scantlin is scheduled to be back in court on August 14th. He plans to give the judge the proper paperwork to prove that his own property has been violated.