Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies
Steven Page, of the Barenaked Ladies, has been arrested for alleged possession of cocaine and has pleaded not guilty.
On July 11, 2008, Page was arrested while visiting the apartment of Christine Benedicto in Fayetteville, New York, along with Benedicto and another tennant. According to police, just after 2:00 AM, officers were investigating Benedicto's car, which was suspiciously parked across the sidewalk or driveway (reports vary) in front of the home. The officers noticed Page and the other tennant, Stephanie Ford, at the kitchen table through a glass door. The two quickly covered the table with a towel when they noticed the officers. The substance on the table also tested positive for cocaine. Police subsequently found marijuana and more cocaine in the apartment. Page and Ford were arrested and charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. Ford was also charged with unlawful posession of marijuana. During the arrest, Ford identified Page to police as the lead singer of Barenaked Ladies, which Page confirmed. Though she was not home at the time, Benedicto was later charged with seventh degree posession of a controlled substance, and posession of marijuana. Page is due back in court on July 17, 2008 after posting $10,000 bail. Terry McBride of the band's Nettwerk management refused to comment on the case in a statement but said he was confident Page will be cleared, and that "in the meantime it’s business as usual." Bandmate Jim Creeggan said that "we're fighting the charges and hopefully they'll just go away." Page played a scheduled Barenaked Ladies concert at the Caesars Casino in Indiana the next night (July 12). On July 16, a statement credited simply to the band was posted on its official website echoing the statements, and noting that "Steven has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and the validity of the charges against Steven will be strongly contested." From wikipedia