In a new video posted to his Facebook page, Creed singer Scott Stapp says he is now broke, living in a hotel and having his reputation attacked.
The 41-year-old said that it’s unlike him to post such a video, but he wanted to set the record straight and dispel rumors that he is dead or a drug addict, CBS News reported.
According to Stapp, he audited his personal finances several weeks ago. He claims unnamed people have stolen money from him and his royalties have not been paid.
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There are people who have taken advantage… They are trying to discredit me, slander me… I have no money, not even for gas or food. I went two days without eating because I had no money. I ended up in an emergency room.
Stapp claims that individuals have stolen money from him and are now attempting to discredit him. He says he has been threatened that if he went public, any impropriety he has done in the past will be used against him.
He says that the IRS has frozen his bank accounts more than once, leaving him with nothing.
Stapp has battled alcoholism in the past, but insists that he is completely sober and has been taking urine and blood tests weekly to prove it, People reported.
Last week, Stapp’s wife of eight years, Jacyln Stapp, filed for divorce and asked for full custody of their two children. In the divorce papers, she claimed Stapp’s drug abuse caused him to threaten himself and his family.
In the video, Stapp says that he is “looking for an honest, good attorney” ready to represent him, the Huffington Post reported.
Stapp performed in sold-out arenas and topped music charts in the 1990s. Creed is best known for the 2000 hit “With Arms Wide Open,” but the band is currently on hiatus. They have sold about 24 million albums. The most successful album, Human Clay, was certified platinum 11 times.