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Queens of the Stone Age's Nick Oliveri arrested after standoff

July 13, 2011 |  6:10 am


This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details

Nick Oliveri, who rose to fame as the bassist and singer with Queens of the Stone Age, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic violence after a five-hour standoff with SWAT officers at his Hollywood home, police said.

Oliveri was taken into custody about 10:30 p.m. after Los Angeles police officers knocked down his front door. Officials said that police had feared earlier in the evening that he had taken his girlfriend hostage, but about 8:30 p.m., the woman walked out of the home on Hobart Boulevard.

Police said the couple got into a fight Monday, but Oliveri had fled before police arrived. He returned to the home on Tuesday.

Officials said investigators are still determining what went on at the home and whether the singer was under the influence of narcotics.

For the record, 10:27 a.m. July 13: A previous version of this post and a headline incorrectly referred to Oliveri's band as Queen of the Stone Age.


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Photo: Nick Oliveri, front, with Queens of the Stone Age bandmates Josh Homme, left, Troy Van Leeuwen and Joey Castillo. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times