If I had A Million Dollars ...for bail -- Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page arrested on cocaine charge

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Barenaked Ladies fans stunned by news of Steven Page drug charge
1 hour ago

TORONTO — The Barenaked Ladies are thanking fans for their support
following news that frontman Steven Page has been charged with cocaine
possession.

A message posted on the band's website says "the validity of the
charges against Steven will be strongly contested." Page was charged
with possession of cocaine in the town of Fayetteville, N.Y., on July
11. Two women also face drug charges.

He was released from custody after paying $10,000 bail.

The charge couldn't come at a worse time for the 38-year-old singer,
who recently released a kids album with his band called "Snack Time,"
and is set to perform at a children's-themed event in Long Island,
N.Y., next month.

Page had been scheduled to appear in a Fayetteville court on Thursday
but a court staffer says that has been adjourned to Aug. 26.

"While this is happening, it's business as usual for Barenaked
Ladies," states the band message, posted at www.bnlmusic.com.

"We will continue to perform and look forward to heading into the
studio later this year to record a new album. We want to thank our
loyal fans for their continued support during this difficult time."

Fans have reacted with surprise and disappointment on the website's
message board.

"I've lost a lot of respect for him today," says one posting,
submitted by someone identified as "shammes" from Albany, N.Y.

"And great timing to promote a kids' CD! ...This is sad news but you
see it all the time in the music biz where celebrity is fleeting and
egos get bruised."

"My heart has never sunk so fast," adds a fan with the moniker "80s
Pro" from Toronto.

"I have been a fan since day one. Was so proud to be able to show off
Band Number One to my kids with Snacktime. Have NEVER thought of it as
a sell-out. I still love ya, Steve. Not sure who I feel worse for -
you and your family, or the band."

++++ ntv/nat media ++++

Barenaked Ladies singer arrested on drug charges
By WILLIAM KATES | Associated Press Writer
July 16, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. - Barenaked Ladies singer and guitarist Steven Page
faces a cocaine possession charge after his arrest while visiting two
woman at their suburban Syracuse apartment.

Page, 38, of Toronto, was charged with fourth-degree criminal
possession of a controlled substance, a felony that carries a maximum
penalty of up to 15 years in prison, Manlius Police Capt. Bill Bleyle
said Wednesday.

The arrest comes as the band, known for its clean image and cross-
generational appeal, recently put out a new album for kids titled
"Snacktime," a collection of two dozen original children's songs.

Terry McBride, the Vancouver-based manager for the band, said
Barenaked Ladies shows are still scheduled, but he declined comment on
Page's arrest.

"We cannot comment because the matter is before the courts, but we are
confident our client Steven will be completely exonerated," McBride
said in a prepared statement. "Until that time, it's business as usual
for the Barenaked Ladies."

Page was with the band when it performed Saturday at the Horseshoe
Casino and Hotel Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Ind.

The band is scheduled to perform next month on Long Island at
Playskool's Play Aid Benefit Concert to benefit four children's
charities.

Pages' lawyer, Mark Mahoney, did not immediately return phone calls
seeking comment about the arrest. Page was originally due back in
Fayetteville Village Court on Thursday, but a clerk said his case has
been adjourned until Aug. 26.

According to a felony complaint filed by police, Page was found with a
total of 0.3 ounces of cocaine in a plastic bottle labled calcium with
10 capsules inside, another capsule on a table and two more in his
pants pocket. All tested positive for cocaine, police said.

Barenaked Ladies was formed nearly 20 years ago in Toronto and has
released 12 albums, producing such hits as "If I Had $1,000,000,"
"Brian Wilson," and "Too Little, Too Late." The group is known for its
whimsical lyrics and comedic banter on stage. In 2002, the group
performed an impromptu concert at Syracuse University for VH1.

Police said Page was visiting Christine Benedicto, 27, at her
Fayetteville apartment when they had an argument and Benedicto drove
off in Page's vehicle.

Just after 2 a.m., Manlius officers on patrol found a car parked
across the sidewalk with its driver's side door open outside the
apartment. An officer looked up the license plate and saw it was
registered to that address, Bleyle said.

As officers approached the house, they saw Page and Stephanie Ford,
25, at the kitchen table with a white capsule that later tested
positive for cocaine, Bleyle said. Ford, who shared the apartment with
Benedicto, was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of
a controlled substance as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, a
violation.

Although Benedicto was not at home at the time, she was charged later
Friday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled
substance, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

All three were arraigned in Manlius Town Court. Page posted $10,000
bail for himself and $5,000 for Ford, Bleyle said. Benedicto was
released on her own recognizance.

Police said they were unclear on the nature of the relationship
between Page and Benedicto. Page and Carolyn Ricketts, his wife of
almost 14 years, separated last year, according to newspaper reports.
They have three sons.

Bleyle said officers didn't become aware of Page's celebrity until
after they arrested him. The rock star offered no resistance, he
said.

"To us, it was just a regular drug arrest," said Bleyle.

tar~bal

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Stop the presses, a rock star just got caught with drugs.


Riggo

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Taylor wrote:

Least most of the other rock stars know how to use in private and not
leave car doors open.

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Chris Odorjan

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Jul 16, 2008, 10:24:25 PM7/16/08
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On 07/16/08 3:16 PM, tar~bal wrote:

> Stop the presses, a rock star just got caught with drugs.

Yeah, you're not really a rock band unless at least one of your members
is doing or has done drugs.

Although I guess we already knew Steve was a bit of an alcoholic back in
the mid-1990s...

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Taylor

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On Jul 16, 3:02 pm, Taylor <lukebenw...@gmail.com> wrote:
> from: CP
>
> BarenakedLadiesfans stunned by news of Steven Page drug charge
> 1 hour ago
>
> TORONTO — TheBarenakedLadiesare thanking fans for their support


> following news that frontman Steven Page has been charged withcocaine
> possession.
>
> A message posted on the band's website says "the validity of the
> charges against Steven will be strongly contested." Page was charged

> with possession ofcocainein the town of Fayetteville, N.Y., on July


> 11. Two women also face drug charges.
>
> He was released from custody after paying $10,000 bail.
>
> The charge couldn't come at a worse time for the 38-year-old singer,
> who recently released a kids album with his band called "Snack Time,"
> and is set to perform at a children's-themed event in Long Island,
> N.Y., next month.
>
> Page had been scheduled to appear in a Fayetteville court on Thursday
> but a court staffer says that has been adjourned to Aug. 26.
>

> "While this is happening, it's business as usual forBarenakedLadies," states the band message, posted atwww.bnlmusic.com.


>
> "We will continue to perform and look forward to heading into the
> studio later this year to record a new album. We want to thank our
> loyal fans for their continued support during this difficult time."
>
> Fans have reacted with surprise and disappointment on the website's
> message board.
>
> "I've lost a lot of respect for him today," says one posting,
> submitted by someone identified as "shammes" from Albany, N.Y.
>
> "And great timing to promote a kids' CD! ...This is sad news but you
> see it all the time in the music biz where celebrity is fleeting and
> egos get bruised."
>
> "My heart has never sunk so fast," adds a fan with the moniker "80s
> Pro" from Toronto.
>
> "I have been a fan since day one. Was so proud to be able to show off
> Band Number One to my kids with Snacktime. Have NEVER thought of it as
> a sell-out. I still love ya, Steve. Not sure who I feel worse for -
> you and your family, or the band."
>
> ++++ ntv/nat media ++++
>

> BarenakedLadiessinger arrested on drug charges


> By WILLIAM KATES | Associated Press Writer
> July 16, 2008

> FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. -BarenakedLadiessinger and guitarist Steven Page
> faces acocainepossession charge after his arrest while visiting two


> woman at their suburban Syracuse apartment.
>
> Page, 38, of Toronto, was charged with fourth-degree criminal
> possession of a controlled substance, a felony that carries a maximum
> penalty of up to 15 years in prison, Manlius Police Capt. Bill Bleyle
> said Wednesday.
>
> The arrest comes as the band, known for its clean image and cross-
> generational appeal, recently put out a new album for kids titled
> "Snacktime," a collection of two dozen original children's songs.
>

> Terry McBride, the Vancouver-based manager for the band, saidBarenakedLadiesshows are still scheduled, but he declined comment on


> Page's arrest.
>
> "We cannot comment because the matter is before the courts, but we are
> confident our client Steven will be completely exonerated," McBride
> said in a prepared statement. "Until that time, it's business as usual
> for theBarenakedLadies."
>
> Page was with the band when it performed Saturday at the Horseshoe
> Casino and Hotel Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Ind.
>
> The band is scheduled to perform next month on Long Island at
> Playskool's Play Aid Benefit Concert to benefit four children's
> charities.
>
> Pages' lawyer, Mark Mahoney, did not immediately return phone calls
> seeking comment about the arrest. Page was originally due back in
> Fayetteville Village Court on Thursday, but a clerk said his case has
> been adjourned until Aug. 26.
>
> According to a felony complaint filed by police, Page was found with a

> total of 0.3 ounces ofcocainein a plastic bottle labled calcium with


> 10 capsules inside, another capsule on a table and two more in his
> pants pocket. All tested positive forcocaine, police said.
>

> BarenakedLadieswas formed nearly 20 years ago in Toronto and has


> released 12 albums, producing such hits as "If I Had $1,000,000,"
> "Brian Wilson," and "Too Little, Too Late." The group is known for its
> whimsical lyrics and comedic banter on stage. In 2002, the group
> performed an impromptu concert at Syracuse University for VH1.
>
> Police said Page was visiting Christine Benedicto, 27, at her
> Fayetteville apartment when they had an argument and Benedicto drove
> off in Page's vehicle.
>
> Just after 2 a.m., Manlius officers on patrol found a car parked
> across the sidewalk with its driver's side door open outside the
> apartment. An officer looked up the license plate and saw it was
> registered to that address, Bleyle said.
>
> As officers approached the house, they saw Page and Stephanie Ford,
> 25, at the kitchen table with a white capsule that later tested

> positive forcocaine, Bleyle said. Ford, who shared the apartment with


> Benedicto, was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of
> a controlled substance as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, a
> violation.
>
> Although Benedicto was not at home at the time, she was charged later
> Friday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled
> substance, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
>
> All three were arraigned in Manlius Town Court. Page posted $10,000
> bail for himself and $5,000 for Ford, Bleyle said. Benedicto was
> released on her own recognizance.
>
> Police said they were unclear on the nature of the relationship
> between Page and Benedicto. Page and Carolyn Ricketts, his wife of
> almost 14 years, separated last year, according to newspaper reports.
> They have three sons.
>
> Bleyle said officers didn't become aware of Page's celebrity until
> after they arrested him. The rock star offered no resistance, he
> said.
>
> "To us, it was just a regular drug arrest," said Bleyle.

Barenaked Ladies Stripped From Disney Tour | Published by MTV News on
Friday, July 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm.

By Gil Kaufman

http://www.mtv.com/shared/promoimages/bands/b/barenaked_ladies/steven_page_mugshot_071808/281x211.jpg

We can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. While the Disney
Corporation has been willing to look the other way when young starlets
like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens get snared in racy-picture
scandals, you can be sure they don’t want someone accused of drug
possession playing to family audiences.

That explains why the Barenaked LadiesDan Zanes, They Might Be Giants,
Ralph’s World and Raven-Symoné. Frontman Steven Page was arrested last
week in New York after admitting to police that he had been snorting
cocaine.

As of yesterday morning, the Ladies were still listed as playing at a
Long Island stop on the tour in late August.

But by this morning, their name and image had been removed from the
tour’s official site. A message from manager Terry McBride on the
band’s official site confirmed the cancellation. “Members of the band
completely support Steven Page,” McBride wrote. “But we don’t want to
put Disney in an awkward position before issues involving Steven’s
arrest are resolved.”

Earlier this year, BNL released their first kids album, Snack Time,
which features the songs “Bad Day,” “Curious,” “Allergies,” “I Don’t
Like” and “Food Party.”

Filed Under: arrested, tour

tar~bal

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By Gil Kaufman

http://www.mtv.com/shared/promoimages/bands/b/barenaked_ladies/steven_page_mugshot_071808/281x211.jpg

Filed Under: arrested, tour

========

Yet Disney has no problem being infested with homosexuals during gay days.
Go figure.


Quapick

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Jul 22, 2008, 3:22:25 AM7/22/08
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"Yet Disney has no problem being infested with homosexuals during gay
days.
Go figure"

Are you serious?
It sounds like this group is being "infested" by homophobic bigots...

klynb

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On Jul 21, 7:07 am, "tar~bal" <b...@wheeze.net> wrote:
> "Taylor" <lukebenw...@gmail.com> wrote in message

>
> But by this morning, their name and image had been removed from the
> tour’s official site. A message from manager Terry McBride on the
> band’s official site confirmed the cancellation. “Members of the band
> completely support Steven Page,” McBride wrote. “But we don’t want to
> put Disney in an awkward position before issues involving Steven’s
> arrest are resolved.”

Okay, everyone, scandals needed for Dan Zanes, Raven-Symoné, Ralph's
World, etc. Let's get rid of this Disney crap once and for all!

KLyn

tar~bal

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Sorry if you were offended.

Fag.


Lefty

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On Jul 22, 3:22 am, Quapick <allthegeesegoquapickquap...@gmail.com>
wrote:

That must be one of those obsessives who can't enter a conversation
without talking about fags. There are a lot of them about. It should
be obvious that if they're talking about fags that much, they're
thinking about them almost constantly. Draw your own conclusions.

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2nz

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On Jul 24, 8:08 am, "tar~bal" <b...@wheeze.net> wrote:
> "Quapick" <allthegeesegoquapickquap...@gmail.com> wrote in message

You shouldn't be so frightened by diversity. You should be frightened
by your bigotry, limitations and that which you do not understand.

doomella

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It's those feelings deep inside himself that scare him the most. If he
wasn't a festering mess of repressed, self-loathing homoerotic urges
he wouldn't be this obsessively worked up about somebody being gay.

Lefty

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On Jul 24, 5:10 pm, George Orwell <nob...@mixmaster.it> wrote:
> In article <84497881-aa3d-4e20-a736-
> bc656dcfb...@z16g2000prn.googlegroups.com>

>
> Lefty <leftydr...@netscape.net> wrote:
>
> > On Jul 22, 3:22 am, Quapick <allthegeesegoquapickquap...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > "Yet Disney has no problem being infested with homosexuals during gay
> > > days.
> > > Go figure"
>
> > > Are you serious?
> > > It sounds like this group is being "infested" by homophobic bigots...
>
> Disney is a faggot mecca.  Faggots are detrimental to
> everything.  Look what happened to Unisys when they went pro-
> faggot.  They turned into an also-ran in the computer industry.  
> The same thing will happen to Disney.

>
> > That must be one of those obsessives who can't enter a conversation
> > without talking about fags. There are a lot of them about. It should
> > be obvious that if they're talking about fags that much, they're
> > thinking about them almost constantly. Draw your own conclusions.
>
> Oh please.  What a pathetic pro-faggot whine.  Thank the gods
> they cannot reproduce and most will die horribly from some
> incurable sexual disease.
>
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Orwell squirms uncomfortably in his grave at your use of his name.
Normally, somebody kooky enough to think fags can actually cause a
high tech firm to fall on hard times would be entertaining, but your
style is dull.
For inspiration, look up "Velma" on alt.politics.homosexuality. Now
~that~ was a funny kook.

Big J

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doomella <Doome...@gmail.com> wrote in
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http://www.oogachaga.com/downloads/homophobia_and_homosexual_arousal.pdf

The results of this study indicate that individuals who score
in the homophobic range and admit negative affect toward homosexuality
demonstrate significant sexual arousal to male homosexual
erotic stimuli.

Big J

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Oh yeah, the old "you don't approve so you must be" theory. The
homosexual's dream, all straight people are secretly gay.

Grow up and keep your fucking feet on your own side of the stall, pervert.


KK

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On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 09:18:07 -0400, tar~bal wrote:

> Oh yeah, the old "you don't approve so you must be" theory. The
> homosexual's dream, all straight people are secretly gay.


I think there's something to the theory that at least some of the people
who get worked up about what someone else does with their genitals are
worried about their own feelings and reactions.

american....@gmail.com

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And the more they obsess about it, the more likely it is that what you
describe is true.

tar~bal

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"KK" <_K...@furburger.net> wrote in message
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I'm not so sure that's the case, I think that it's more of an accusation to
try to bring someone that is against them to their own level. Or maybe it
helps them justify criticism in their own mind? Maybe I'm just coming from
my own experience because I notice when I say something that isn't along the
pro-gay agenda lines and talking points, I get accused of being gay. And
last time I checked, I had definitely decided to be heterosexual.

But it isn't limited to gays. On a local board that I frequent, people are
relentlessly bashing the local firefighters for lax hours and bloated
pensions. Invariably the firemen accuse them (us) as being rejects from the
fire academy that wish they could be firemen or whatever.

When I correlated the "gay" accusation with the "fireman" accusation
hilarity ensued...


KK

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On Mon, 04 Aug 2008 13:57:08 -0400, tar~bal wrote:

>
> "KK" <_K...@furburger.net> wrote in message
> news:pan.2008.08.01....@furburger.net...
>> On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 09:18:07 -0400, tar~bal wrote:
>>
>>> Oh yeah, the old "you don't approve so you must be" theory. The
>>> homosexual's dream, all straight people are secretly gay.
>>
>>
>> I think there's something to the theory that at least some of the people
>> who get worked up about what someone else does with their genitals are
>> worried about their own feelings and reactions.
>
> I'm not so sure that's the case, I think that it's more of an accusation to
> try to bring someone that is against them to their own level.


I certainly acknolwedge that it's often invoked by shrill, angry people on
the gay side of the debate when it's irrelevant and intended only to
provoke. And I don't think that all anti-gay sentiment comes from latent
homosexual panic. Just some.

tar~bal

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> On Mon, 04 Aug 2008 13:57:08 -0400, tar~bal wrote:
>
>>
>> "KK" <_K...@furburger.net> wrote in message
>> news:pan.2008.08.01....@furburger.net...
>>> On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 09:18:07 -0400, tar~bal wrote:
>>>
>>>> Oh yeah, the old "you don't approve so you must be" theory. The
>>>> homosexual's dream, all straight people are secretly gay.
>>>
>>>
>>> I think there's something to the theory that at least some of the people
>>> who get worked up about what someone else does with their genitals are
>>> worried about their own feelings and reactions.
>>
>> I'm not so sure that's the case, I think that it's more of an accusation
>> to
>> try to bring someone that is against them to their own level.
>
>
> I certainly acknolwedge that it's often invoked by shrill, angry people on
> the gay side of the debate when it's irrelevant and intended only to
> provoke. And I don't think that all anti-gay sentiment comes from latent
> homosexual panic. Just some.
>

No argument. Of course my anti-gay sentiment comes more from the gay agenda
than gays doing what they do in the privacy of their home.


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