Stapp Addresses Thanksgiving Spat
Two weeks after the incident, Scott Stapp has publicly weighed in on a Thanksgiving altercation between the former Creed singer and members of the band 311.Two weeks after the incident, Scott Stapp has publicly weighed in on a Thanksgiving altercation between the former Creed singer and members of the band 311. As previously reported, the two acts encountered one another in the bar at Baltimore, Md.'s Harbor Court Hotel.
On its official Web site, 311 last week alleged Stapp was intoxicated, destructive and made inappropriate comments to a bandmember's wife, which led to a scuffle.
"This is a very unfortunate situation; however, there are two sides to every story," Stapp says in his statement, issued last night (Dec. 7), nearly a week after Billboard.com requested comment about the incident. "I was at the hotel celebrating Thanksgiving and my engagement with my new fiancée when the fight started. As the Associated Press reported and confirmed, I did not instigate this altercation."
The AP report to which he is referring quotes the hotel's director of security as saying, "[The fight] was definitely started by 311."
"I spoke with the front desk of the hotel and they confirmed that Scott was not at fault," Stapp tour manager Rob Kern adds in the statement.
"We stand by our initial statement 100%," 311's Chad Sexton says in a statement issued today through the band's label, Jive Records. "With complete certainty I can tell you that Scott Stapp was acting totally belligerent, he smashed a shot glass on the bar, he got into an argument with patrons at the bar, he made a disrespectful remark to [311 member SA Martinez's] wife and he threw the first punch which started the fight.
"Scott can say whatever he wants -- but that's what happened."