A complicated Florida divorce case is making headlines involving some very odd and frightening text messages.
The divorce filing comes from the wife of Creed frontman Scott Stapp. Stapp and his wife, Jaclyn Stapp, who was a former beauty queen, have reportedly been married for eight years and have three children together. The couple reside in Boca Raton.
The wife is asking for sole custody of the children because, according to her, the singer is not capable of caring for them. Not only did he disappear from their home in October, but the wife claims he has been using various drugs and has become very paranoid.
Her petition was supported with numerous text messages that the 41-year-old Stapp sent to her. Some of them appear to be threatening in nature, saying that he is coming to get her, while others appear to showcase his paranoia about biological weapons and the CIA.
If the singer is indeed using crystal meth, steroids and amphetamines as the wife is claiming, this could seriously harm his child custody case.
The lawyer that is representing the wife says her primary concern at this point is the best interests of their three children.
This case definitely points out how virtual communication, such as emails and text messages, can be used in a divorce case. While some can understand how a divorcee may end up sending a threatening message in the heat of the moment, it doesn't mean those messages won't come with unintended consequences during the divorce process.
Source: Miami Herald, "Wife seeks divorce against Creed's Scott Stapp," Jose Lambiet, Nov. 23, 2014