Bruno Mars To Plead Guilty To Cocaine Charge
He has agreed to a plea deal following his September arrest…
Bruno Mars will plead guilty to cocaine possession when he appears in court next month. In return, he will receive a fine, probation and community service, but will not have the charge permanently on his record.
The Grenade singer, real name Peter Hernandez, was arrested in September after being found with cocaine in the bathroom of a Las Vegas club after a performance. The bathroom attendant alerted security guards when the star was "taking a really long time" in the cubicle, a police report said.
He was asked to hand over whatever drugs he had. “This is when Hernandez, with his left hand, pulled out a white powder substance which was consistent with cocaine from his left-front jeans pocket,” the report states. Bruno then reportedly told the security guard that he “did a foolish thing and has never used drugs before”.
Under the plea deal, the chart-topper will be given a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service and a year on probation. He must also attend drug counselling. Once the sentence is successfully completed, the case will be dismissed and erased from his record.
The formal sentencing is expected to take place just before the Grammy Awards on 13 February, for which Bruno is up for seven gongs including best male pop vocal for Just the Way You Are (Amazing).