by Lloyd Grove
Maybe rocker Scott Stapp - former front man for the very pious Christian rock band Creed - was possessed by Satan when he showed up for a taping of the Spike TV show "Casino Cinema" on Tuesday afternoon.
According to multiple sources on the set, the 32-year-old Stapp appeared intoxicated when he arrived at the show's upper East Side studio and proceeded to terrorize hosts Beth Ostrosky and Steve Schirripa, the producers and the crew members alike with his boorish and vulgar antics on- and off-camera.
Stapp - who just released his first solo album, "The Great Divide" - was there as a guest co-host on the weekly program, which plays a movie with intermittent breaks of studio chatter and interactive casino games.
"From the moment he walked into the studio, he was rude, belligerent and drunk," reports a Lowdown spy. "With Beth, he was nothing but extremely mean, sexist and an all-around jerk."
Another source says that even with his publicist in tow, Stapp cursed "every other word," called a female executive producer a "b-," constantly flipped the bird, and referred to Ostrosky - better known as Howard Stern's longtime girlfriend - as a "bimbo."
Stapp also couldn't resist taking swipes at his more famous rock colleagues. "I met [U2's] Bono and The Edge, and Bono was an a- to me," he declared, before insulting Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl's manhood as "freaking little."
When a crew member accidently bumped into him on the set and quickly said he was sorry, Stapp snapped, "Yeah, you better f-ing be."
Says one spy, "Beth and Steve were total professionals about it, and did everything to make sure the show got taped."
Reps for Stapp and Ostrosky did not respond to detailed messages yesterday, but viewers can see Stapp's bad behavior for themselves - with appropriate bleeps, of course - when the show airs Dec. 6.
Seems like the amber demoness served as truth sirum. Just further lends to the fact that these so-called 'christian rockers' exploit the herd's icons like anyone else. I would normally not even bat an eye at this type of visceral report, although I found such a blatant display of hypocrisy especially entertaining; perhaps he is preparing for a subsequent 'bad boy' image now for awhile, until eventual ersatz 'repentence' - whatever it takes to stay in the spotlight, I suppose, to feed the ego and pride which we would recognize as natural inclinations and motivations, but this latest incident certainly does not bode well for the blindlighters' sub-culture.