Deported US metal star says 'sorry' to Norway
One of the world's most famous heavy metal musicians who was deported from Norway following a bust by border staff, has issued a public apology to the Nordic nation, on Wednesday.
US heavy metal singer, songwriter and guitarist Scott "Wino" Weinrich was deported from Norway last week for staple rock star antics. The musician has since gone on record to make a formal public apology.
But it was not alcohol that was the issue - as his nickname may imply - rather possession of illegal drugs. It was confirmed the substance found on the star was methamphetamine, reported Vice magazine.
The 54-year-old American, who is now back in the US seeking help for drug addiction, said to Decibel.com:
"I want to apologize to all Saint Vitus fans, and to my band members and crew for my lapse in judgment that ultimately resulted in me missing the last six shows on our tour. ... I take full responsibility for the consequences of my actions.
He went on to detail his treatment under Norwegian police and immigration staff:
"I was truthful with the authorities, and initially sentenced to 16 days in jail, minus the three initial days immediately following my arrest. On those days, I was in solitary confinement, with no reading or writing material and fed solely bread and water. Despite these conditions, I was treated respectfully and cordially by all Norwegian authorities," he said.
He ended his public statement with a final apology and informed his fans he was seeking help back in the US:
Wino said: "Again, my deepest apologies to all. After several productive years of sobriety, the rigors of almost nonstop touring and life's circumstances led me to develop a dependency that has become detrimental to my health, and now, my freedom. As of now, I am currently off the road, and actively engaged in treatment."
Wino was deported on November 9th by Norwegian immigration officials when he was touring with his band Saint Vitus as part of their European tour.
The band issued a statement on their Facebook page and offical website following Wino's arrest:
"Saint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th. As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandinavia or anywhere in the EU."
The band has continued their European tour in Wino's absence.