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Wes Scantlin


During JetBlue Arrest

9/7/2012 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Puddle of Mudd
singer Wes Scantlin tells TMZ, he was wrongfully arrested this week on board a JetBlue airplane -- insisting he did NOT get belligerent with a flight attendant -- and when cops cuffed him, they bruised him up in the process.

As we first reported, a JetBlue flight bound for L.A. made an emergency landing in Austin, TX Tuesday after Scantlin allegedly got in a heated drunken argument with a flight attendant.

But Wes -- who's finally back in L.A. after the JetBlue SNAFU -- tells us, he never got combative with anyone ... and he wasn't drunk either.

Wes says he was totally sober, just trying to order one beer, when a flight attendant copped an attitude with him. The situation spiraled out of control from there.

But Wes insists he's innocent, adding, "If a grown man cannot purchase a beer on a 5-hour flight from Boston to L.A., then I think the airlines are completely, COMPLETELY, losing their minds."

He says, "I was arrested for being sober on an airplane."

Wes then showed us two big bruises on his chest, claiming the arresting officers were responsible for the injuries ... "This is what they did to me."

Wes says cops didn't even test him to see if he was really drunk before arresting him for public intoxication.

Scantlin is due in court in Austin on October 3rd, when he's scheduled to be arraigned.

Austin PD Lieutenant Joseph Chacon tells TMZ, Scantlin was taken into custody without incident  and no use of force occurred. Chacon says Scantlin has not made any complaints to the department about the arrest.

Calls to JetBlue were not returned.


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773 days ago


He thought he was in Los Angeles and would get the celebrity hands-off treatment, except in the case of that banker guy---a story that will dissolve in obscurity, to save the LAPD's ass and that the public not know how many MILLIONS they had to pay to settle [pay off] the victim to avoid going to court where they would have met their match.

773 days ago

sherri sears    

Bull ****! I don't believe it!!! You were a passionet person at the rock allegiance concert in Hershey Pa..I witness that! Signing autographs with the handicap people and hanging out being very respectful..Also taking pictures with everyone..I was happy meeting you and pics with you...You I've got to say,from what I witnest you have a damn good heart! Keep being you Wes..I like you! and ty for my picture and many others...Chin up my puddle of Mudd..Wes my hugh fan!

773 days ago
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