Scott Stapp of Creed recently posted a video online claiming he was holed up in a Holiday Inn, penniless, and being attacked by a former record label. He said the IRS had frozen his accounts and that the label had stolen money from him and withheld royalties. If it seemed like the outcry of a paranoid man, it turns out that might be because it was. Stapp’s wife of eight years, Jaclyn Stapp, recently filed for divorce, and the filing reveals that the singer could be in very bad shape.
According to the Miami Herald, the former Miss New York USA claims in the divorce papers that Stapp left their home in early October and hasn’t been telling her his location. What’s more, she says he’s been using amphetamines, crystal meth, and steroids so frequently that it’s caused him to have a break with reality, threatening to kill himself or harm his wife and three children.
To support her assertions, she provided the following text messages she was sent by Stapp:
“Florida is not safe. Biological weapons on the way. U have to leave with kids and meet me in Atlanta.”
“I’m coming to get you Satan and children. No mercy. You know how this ends. God created you and now God is ending you.”
“God is also telling me something about Palm Springs and Nashville so there’s a connection somehow. He’s also telling me DEA for some reason.”
“Wells Fargo working out my account problems. I’m out of gas. Haven’t eaten all day. I’m asking if they can spot me $1,000 so I don’t fall over from malnutrition.”
“I wouldn’t doubt it if the CIA is behind Alcoholics Anonymous.”
Additionally, TMZ reports a November 13th incident in which Madison County Florida Sheriff’s Dept. deputies found Stapp on the side of a road, appearing “wasted, incoherent, and rambling that someone was trying to poison him.” Cops placed him on a 72-hour psych hold
In addition to filing for complete custody of their children, Jaclyn filed a separate Marchman Act petition on November 11th. The Marchman Act is a Florida law that gives the court the ability to perform “involuntary assessment, stabilization petitions, and involuntary treatment petitions for substance abuse impaired persons.” A hearing was held Wednesday, but on Friday, Jaclyn decided to drop the petition and instead hopes to help him personally.
In his video, Stapp claims to be completely sober, but these legal documents paint a different picture.
Update – Saturday, 9:30 am: According to TMZ, Jaclyn Stapp filed legal documents Wednesday attempting to get Scott committed for 60 days. She claims Scott is attempting to detox himself and fears for his life.
Additionally, Stapp posted two video entires on Thanksgiving, including one where he is standing outside a police station demanding help. The second finds him ranting about Christians not being allowed to pray in school.