UPDATE: The Secret Service told People that they are looking into threats allegedly made by Scott Stapp against President Barack Obama. “We are aware and we’ll take appropriate action,” Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor told the outlet.
In late November, days after revealing that he’s “penniless” and living in a Holiday Inn, Creed frontman Scott Stapp was placed in a temporary, involuntary psychiatric hold following a request from his estranged wife, Jaclyn Stapp. Now, according to TMZ, Jaclyn and her sister attempted to place the singer in psychiatric care a second time following his initial release, after Stapp claimed to be a CIA agent tasked with the assassination of President Obama.
In a 911 call obtained by TMZ – and available to stream below – the sisters describe Stapp as being “off the drugs” and riding shirtless on a bicycle around his neighborhood, carrying two backpacks containing numerous (reportedly 400-600) CIA documents and assorted tools (including a screwdriver, wrench and a hard drive). They describe Stapp’s previous stints in rehab and his attempts to “self-medicate” paranoid schizophrenia. “I love him, and I want to see him get better,” Jaclyn says at the end of the clip. “But I just need law enforcement’s help. That’s the only way he’s gonna stop — when he hits his rock bottom.”
TMZ reports that Stapp was not committed following the incident, with police determining that he “did not show enough signs of mental instability to warrant a psych hold.” The singer reportedly placed his own 911 call after police were dispatched, claiming his wife had stolen his truck; he also told authorities Jaclyn had “pilfered” $6 million from him.
In a previously released 15-minute Facebook video posted last month, Stapp claimed to be clean and sober, despite conflicting allegations from Jaclyn in recently filed divorce papers.
According to TMZ, after Stapp posted the rambling confessional, Jaclyn filed legal documents to have her husband committed for 60 days in order for the singer to receive help. Jaclyn’s divorce petition alleged that the Creed frontman had been “doing so much amphetamines, crystal meth and steroids that he has become a paranoid shell who has threatened to kill himself and harm his family.”
TMZ revealed additional troubling details, writing that Stapp called the dean of his son’s school on November 10th, alerting them that the school was being targeted by ISIS. Stapp also allegedly threatened to kill both himself and his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. Jaclyn claimed that her husband had started pawning his possessions to fuel a drug habit including the use of “steroids, weed, cocaine, PCP, Special K, Crystal meth, and various [prescription] drugs.”
After his video testimonial went viral, Stapp removed the clip and issued a Christian-themed statement in its place. “I’m going to step back and let God control everything from here on,” he wrote. “I should have continued to do that before I allowed my hurt, frustration, and emotions take control and post those videos. All I can say is that the truth will set you (me) free, and I’m holding on to Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 44:8. This is a test of faith, and I will NEVER give up or lose my faith. No matter what. This will be my last statement until after justice is served. Love to you all my friends.”