Phil Collins' son arrested on serious drug charges
This isn't the way children of celebrities want to make headlines. Over the weekend, Phil Collins' oldest son, Simon Collins, was arrested on drug charges. According to People, the arrest is for the possession and supply of illegal narcotics.
The incident happened in Wiltshire, England, where a spokesperson for the Wiltshire Police told the entertainment magazine, "A 37-year-old man from [the town of] Devizes has been arrested for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and for possession of a Class B controlled drug. The bail will run until the end of August."
In the U.K., Class A drugs include heroin, cocaine, crack, MDMA or ecstasy, methamphetamines, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms. Class B drugs include amphetamines, cannabis, codeine, ketamine, methoxetamine and methylphenidate.
While the 37-year-old drummer of the group, Sound of Contact, is currently out on bail, he faces anywhere from six months to life in prison stemming from the series of charges. It is unclear how this will affect his music career since two of the key members of the band split in January 2014.
Simon released a public statement on Monday denying all the charges. He said, "I refute the allegations presented in the press today but due to the obvious legal implications at this time, I am unable to comment further."
The musician is the son of the "You'll Be In My Heart" singer and his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli. The couple was married from 1975-1980. Simon's half-sister and actress, Lily Collins, is from the former Genesis singer's second marriage to Jill Tavelman. They were married from 1984-1996.
Phil Collins' representatives had no comment to People magazine regarding the incident.