Noll charged over ‘white powder’
SHANNON Noll has been charged with drug possession after allegedly being caught with a bag of "white powder".
The Australian singer-songwriter was at the Caringbah Hotel in Sydney's south on Thursday night when he was arrested following a dog squad search, The Daily Telegraph is reporting.
When asked about the report identifying Noll, a New South Wales police spokeswoman confirmed to news.com.au that a 42-year-old man was arrested by police after "allegedly being detected with white powder, believed to be cocaine".
"About 8.15pm yesterday (Thursday 13 September 2018), officers from the Sutherland Shire Police Area Command along with Public Transport & Public Safety Command and the Dog Unit, were conducting a drug operation at a licensed premises on Port Hacking Road at Caringbah," the spokeswoman said.
"A 42-year-old man was arrested by police after allegedly being detected with white powder, believed to be cocaine.
"The man was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 11 October 2018, for the offence of possess prohibited drug."
The 42-year-old musician first rose to fame as runner-up in the first season of Australian Idol in 2003.
The drug allegations come after a series of incidents at live shows. In July, footage emerged of Noll hurling abuse at an audience member at the Duck Creek Picnic Races in the regional NSW town of Nyngan. A month later, the What About Me singer held up two middle fingers to critics of the infamous "beer can" rant.
Despite issuing a public apology for his behaviour at the time, he later blamed media "bullsh*t" for the controversy.
In January 2017, Noll was arrested and charged over the assault of a bouncer outside an Adelaide strip club.
The father-of-three has been open about his struggles with addiction.
In a 2008 interview with The Daily Telegraph, he spoke about his battles with drug and alcohol, saying that his lowest point came after the death of his father in 2001.
"I got to a stage where I had to own up to it,'' Noll said at the time
"I'd turned into a zombie on the lounge. I wasn't doing anything useful.
"My dad never drank and he never smoked.
"He worked his fingers to the bone. You can be a good man and, still, things can go wrong.
"You can wrap yourself in cotton wool and get hit by a truck. So I thought, bugger it, I'm going to live life, try things, have a bit of fun and not live in the closet. I don't want to live my life worrying about what might go wrong.''
A representative of Noll's has been contacted for comment.