Bruno Mars Gets Cocaine Charges Expunged From Record
Cocaine arrest? What cocaine arrest? Bruno Mars pleaded guilty last year to cocaine possession, but the charges are being dropped and removed from his record since he went above and beyond in completing his community service requirements.
TMZ has a source who claims the judge in Mars' case officially dropped the charges today. Despite his guilty plea, Mars was never convicted, since the judge deferred his ruling and allowed the singer to attend drug education courses and complete 200 hours community service.
Mars reportedly completed 230 hours of service time, which included work with children's charities. He didn't even have to show up in court to make the charges go away. His representative, celebrity attorney Blair Berk, appeared for him to make the dismissal official.
After appearing in court to represent Mr. Mars, Berk told TMZ, "Bruno earned the dismissal of his charge. He exceeded the expectations of the court in both his service to the community and his counseling."
The original charges stemmed from a 2010 incident in Las Vegas, when a security attendant spotted Mars doing coke in a bathroom stall at the Hard Rock Hotel. After the arrest, Mars publicly declared that he is not a role model.
Mars will be happy to have this matter behind him as he prepares for the Grammy Awards, where he is nominated for Record of the Year for 'Grenade' and Album of the Year for 'Doo-Wops and Hooligans.'