Zac Brown Gets Away Without Being Busted For Drugs
BY MELANIE DOSTIS, MEERA JAGANNATHAN, reposted from New York Daily News (here)
These cops apparently like their “Chicken Fried.”
A bevy of “starstruck” Palm Beach, Fla., police covered up country singer Zac Brown’s presence at a hotel-room drug bust last week that charged four people — among them strippers — with cocaine and marijuana possession, TMZ reports.
After the alleged fanboys in blue raided the Four Seasons Resort hotel room early last Friday, many of them solicited the “Toes” crooner’s autograph and even ridiculed one of the exotic dancers for not recognizing the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band frontman, according to the gossip site.
He evaded mention in the police report after asking officers for their discretion, citing his wife, Shelly Brown, and their five kids, TMZ reported. But Brown, 37, lamented he’d been in “in the wrong place at the wrong time” in a Facebook post Friday afternoon.
“I attended a private gathering at a Miami-area hotel and had only been there for a short time when police officers arrived and arrested two people in the room who had just showed up a few minutes before,” he said. “I did not know these people and had no idea that there were drugs in their possession. I cooperated fully with the authorities and am not part of any ongoing police investigation.”
“Everyone is responsible for their actions, and I regret using poor judgment and putting myself in that position,” he added.
The band leader was in Palm Beach, Fla., for a charity event.
TMZ claims police repeatedly denied to the site that Brown was even present in the hotel room.
A dispatch report obtained by the Daily News, however, placed the singer at the scene. When contacted by The News, multiple police sources declined to comment on Brown’s involvement.
The singer, in Florida on a charity trip, was allegedly in possession of painkillers. He was later able to show authorities proof of his prescription, which he received following minor surgery, TMZ said.
The crackdown began when police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in front of the hotel, according to police reports. The tip led to the arrest of a man who had 35 small baggies of cocaine on him.
Police followed the drug trail to a hotel room inside, where officials found nine people partying. A police report indicates five women and three men were present — which only adds up to a total of eight.