it may just be a case of guilt by association.
On April 1, 68 year-old Sly Stone - leader of the legendary funk band Sly and the Family Stone - was arrested in Los Angeles when he was pulled over for a traffic violation and LAPD officers allegedly found several rocks of crack cocaine in his clothing.
On Wednesday, Stone and his lawyers pleaded not guilty.
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In an official statement, Stone's lawyer, Peter Knecht, blamed the culture of musical celebrity.
"A lot of musicians hang out with people who have drugs," he told Reuters. He added: "you can't punish a guy for what he did 40 years ago, 30 years ago."
Stone (whose real name is Sylvester Stewart) has kept a low profile since his 70s heyday - but he does have a history of drug and weapon possession charges.
The enigmatic Stone made his last public appearance at the 2006 Grammy Awards, which featured a tribute to Sly and the Family Stone. However, word is that Stone has completed a new album - his first in almost 30 years - set for release in August.