Ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Bassist Escapes Jail Time

August 3, 2012

According to TMZ.com, bassist Nick Oliveri (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONDO GENERATION, KYUSS) cut a deal with prosecutors that will keep him out of jail in connection with his July 2011 arrest in Hollywood.

Oliveri's lawyer Freddy Sayegh tells TMZ.com, "Mr. Oliveri agreed to plead to one count of possession of cocaine and a dismissal of the remaining six felony counts."

The musician will receive 36 months of probation, require enrollment in an anger management course for 52 weeks and be ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Nick Oliveri was arrested on July 12, 2011 on felony domestic violence. The police was called to the scene by Oliveri's neighbor who reported a "disturbance" between the now-40-year-old rocker and his girlfriend. A standoff between a SWAT team and Nick ensued before Oliveri finally agreed to let his girlfriend exit the duplex.

Nick's girlfriend reportedly told police Oliveri hit her during an argument the day before and she had returned to collect her stuff so she could move out.

During a search of Nick's home on Hobart Boulevard, cops reportedly found a fully loaded high-powered rifle, cocaine and methamphetamines.

Speaking about the incident, Oliveri told Antiquiet in March, "When the police came to my house, which nobody in my house called, a friend of ours came over and we didn't open the door for her. And she called the police — which is absurd. . . Basically, at the end of the day, I screwed up 'cause I didn't open the door. I was like, 'I'm not going to open, I don't have to open the door.' I didn't think you have to open the door… [laughs]"

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