Gossip Singer Ditto Accused Of Disorderly Conduct

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say Beth Ditto, lead singer of the band Gossip, was arrested for disorderly conduct outside a bar.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says Ditto was in the middle of a North Portland street yelling at motorists early Saturday. He says she was moving with her arms outstretched “like an airplane.”

The 32-year-old Portland woman, whose real name is Mary Beth Patterson, was booked into jail and released on her own recognizance. The Oregonian reports that if convicted, Ditto faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Gossip is a dance-punk band that formed in Olympia, Wash., in the late 1990s. Its most recent album, “A Joyful Noise,” was released in May.

Ditto’s arrest was first reported by Willamette Week.

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