Robert Durst... Or Fred Durst? AP Confuses The Two, Then Issues An Awkward Correction

Limp Bizkit's American lead singer Fred Durst performs during the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon on May 26, 2012. Rock in Rio runs from May 25 to June 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/GettyImages)
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As the saying goes, nobody's perfect, not even the Associated Press. On Tuesday, the AP issued a correction clarifying that Robert Durst was in fact not a member of the band Limp Bizkit. The news agency somehow mixed up the alleged murderer, famous for his recent "I killed them all" confession on The Jinx, with the nu metal band's frontman Fred Durst.

The AP told The Hollywood Reporter that the original copy was sent over a California broadcast-only news wire and was not released to the public. Media blogger Jim Romenesko first reported on the error on his website. The mix-up might have slipped under the radar were it not for the recent HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst that brought Robert's name back into people's homes. Not a former singer, Robert comes from a wealthy real estate family and is infamous for the disappearances of his first wife, a close friend, and a neighbor.

Robert was arrested Saturday for his alleged involvement in the 2000 murder of his friend, Susan Berman, and is being held without bond. The investigation into Berman's death was reopened when the producers of The Jinx obtained a letter from Robert to Berman in which the lettering matched an anonymous note sent to the police when Berman was murdered. Robert was tried and acquitted for the murder of his neighbor in Texas and has never been arrested for the disappearance of his wife. According to The New York Times, he has bounced in and out of jail for other crimes over the years.

Fred Durst, on the other hand, is a musician and filmmaker who has released six albums with Limp Bizkit and directed The Education of Charlie Banks and Longshots. He has also appeared in various TV shows, including House, and has written songs for multiple films.

The correction read:

In the second item of the California 10th NewsMinute sent March 16 to users of the state broadcast wire, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir; Fred Durst is the former frontman of Limp Bizkit.

The original copy read:

A Louisiana State Police trooper says millionaire Robert Durst has been booked on weapons charges in that state — on top of a first-degree murder charge lodged by Los Angeles authorities. Trooper Melissa Matey told the Associated Press that an arrest warrant was issued for the former Limp Bizkit frontman and he was rebooked in the Orleans Parish Jail on Monday under two new charges.


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