Ex-Queens of the Stone Age Bassist Nick Oliveri Pleads Not Guilty to Weapons and Drug Charges

Ex-Queens of the Stone Age Bassist Nick Oliveri Pleads Not Guilty to Weapons and Drug Charges
Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has pled not guilty to the litany of felony charges he received last summer following a standoff with an L.A. SWAT team.

TMZ reports that the four-stringer appeared in court today (March 9) to deny the charges, which include two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanour count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer. A pre-trial date has been set up for April 15, and if convicted, the musician could face up to 15 years in prison.

As previously reported, Oliveri's neighbours had called police last July to report a domestic disturbance between the bassist and his girlfriend. When authorities arrived, Oliveri allegedly refused to let his girlfriend to leave his home, leading police to call the SWAT team for backup.

Following the standoff, Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence charges, and the authorities are reported to have found cocaine, methamphetamines and a fully loaded high-power rifle in the premises.