Sly Stone homeless? Or choosing a camper-van over a house?
This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
If Sly Stone is homeless, it's by choice and not necessity, according to sources close to the funk legend.
Stone's attorney Robert Alan has supposedly rented a four-bedroom home in Woodland Hills for his client, one unnamed source told Showbiz411 exclusively. "He's too paranoid to come inside," another source told writer Roger Friedman. That person was described as a friend of the singer.
Alan wouldn't comment on the rental house, Friedman said. Documentary director Willem Alkema co-wrote Sunday's "Sly Stone Is Homeless and Living in a Van" article for the New York Post.
That's not to say Stone hadn't admitted struggling with drugs, nor that he isn't in financial trouble of the maybe-a-$50-million-lawsuit-will-fix-it variety -- he sued former manager Jerry Goldstein in early 2010, alleging fraud and the diversion of $20 million to $30 million in royalties. Goldstein, who took the name War from that band in a legal battle in 1997, countersued Stone a few months later, alleging the singer had slandered him onstage at the Coachella festival.
Four of the original War members, who regrouped as the Lowrider Band, are pursuing a $10-million lawsuit against Goldstein over allegedly unpaid royalties.
[For the Record, 9:10 a.m. Sept. 29: This post originally said attorney Alan had confirmed to Friedman that Stone had been paid by Alkema for the interview. No such payment occurred, Alkema told the Ministry on Thursday. The Showbiz411 article has since been revised, with references to payments deleted. A reference to Friedman saying in the original Showbiz411 article that the filmmaker was seeking a re-release of the documentary and would benefit from publicity has been removed from this post as well. Alkema said via email that he is not seeking a re-release of his film in the U.S., where it has not been screened beyond film festivals. "If there is a re-release it needs a happy ending," Alkema wrote. "Sly will make it if he tries."]
Photo: Sly Stone at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica in April 2008. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times