Bassist Nick Oliveri of Kyuss and, formerly, Queens of the Stone Age, held his girlfriend hostage last night at his Los Angeles duplex, according to TMZ. Oliveri’s girlfriend allegedly told police she had left the apartment they share on Monday after he struck her during an argument, but returned the next evening to collect her belongings and move out, at which point the two got into another heated exchange. Oliveri barred police responding to a neighbor’s 911 call from entry to the apartment. He would not permit his girlfriend to leave the apartment for two hours, and did not himself leave the apartment for an additional two hours. A search turned up a loaded “high powered rifle.”
Queens of the Stone Age fans may recall that allegations of domestic violence were the cause of Oliveri’s firing back in 2004. As reported by Billboard in July 2005, frontman Josh Homme told BBC’s Radio 1 that he’d heard a rumor about an incident of domestic violence involving Oliveri, and at the time told the bassist, “If I ever find out that this is true, I can’t know you, man.” In 2004 Homme received independent confirmation of abuse and dismissed Oliveri. He has not since played with the bassist in any capacity and opted out of the recent Kyuss reunion.
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