Former Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso is speaking out after officially being cleared of the public intoxication and theft charges brought against him earlier this year.
“Thank you, guys, for standing with me during this time, want to thank you all for listening and being there,” he said in a statement to PEOPLE. “[Sorry] couldn’t talk about it. Had to wait til the truth came out.”
The charges came after Musso was arrested in his hometown of Rockwell, Texas, this past August. A press release shared that officers were called to a hotel due to a disturbance.
“Upon arrival, officers contacted the complainant who advised an individual who appeared intoxicated entered the hotel, selected a bag of chips, and began eating them,” the release read. “When the subject was asked to pay for them, he became verbally abusive and left without rendering payment.”
Mitchel Musso Claimed the Story Was Fabricated By ‘Disgruntled Employee’
Officers immediately found Musso outside the hotel. After conducting a brief investigation, they determined that he showed “signs of intoxication.” At that time, authorities also found that Musso had outstanding warrants for an expired registration and failure to display a driver’s license. Fox News reported that he violated a “promise to appear” order, as well.
Police booked Mitchel Musso in a local jail for the above charges. The actor spent one night behind bars before posting a $1,000 bond.
When the news first broke, Musso defended himself and claimed the story was completely fabricated by an angry employee.
“There was no theft, and I was not intoxicated. It’s just been unfortunate, but it’s a big misunderstanding,” he said. “This disgruntled employee, whose behavior was erratic, ripped the bag of potato chips out of my hand and started yelling at me about my attire. He said, ‘Get out or I’m going to call the police.’ Ultimately, I said, ‘Sure. Call the cops.’”
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