Vines Frontman Arrested For Beating His Mum

Michael Nelson | October 16, 2012 - 11:49 am

It’s kinda been all downhill for the Vines since appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone back in 2002. The Australian band’s singer, Craig Nicholls, had a reputation as an enfant terrible; in 2006, it was revealed that he had Aspergers Syndrome. They released five albums to diminishing returns (their last was 2011’s Future Primitive), and Nicholls’s disorder forced the band cancel shows and go on hiatuses. This past weekend, Nicholls was arrested after allegedly assaulting his mother.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nicholls, 35, allegedly punched his mother twice in the head at the family’s home, and then resisted arrest, injuring a police officer (who suffered “grazes, cuts and bruises to both elbows and knees,”) before being subdued with pepper spray.

Nicholls was reportedly arrested and charged with five offenses: two counts of domestic assault; stalking or intimidation; resisting arrest; and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He’s scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.