It was announced today that Bruno Mars’ nose – much like his criminal record – is clean once again. Earlier, a judge dismissed the pop singer’s cocaine possession charge which dates back to nearly two years ago during his highly publicized arrest in the bathroom of the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after his performance. Sometimes it’s just the wrong place, wrong time, for a celebratory bump. But, it seems the singer has learned his lesson.
For the first time since the arrest, Mars has broken his silence regarding the arrest. On ‘Piers Morgan Tonight,’ the Grammy-winning singer said, “I don’t live my life with regrets. I don’t dwell on anything. It happened, [and] it must’ve happened for a reason.” He continued his interview commenting, “I think it’s something that I moved past and I’m hoping everyone else that I come across will move past it sure.”
It was last February that Mars accepted a guilty plea deal in a Las Vegas courtroom. Here are the provisions of said deal: “Mars plead guilty to felony cocaine possession, but if he stays out of trouble for 12 months, the charge will be dismissed — as if it never happened. Mars is also required to do 8 hours of private counseling and 200 hours of community service with a charitable organization. He must also pay a $2,000 fine — which he’s paying today.” Mars’ attorney, Blair Berk, told TMZ, “We are very pleased that the prosecution has agreed to dismiss the charge.” Why do they even make those statements? What else are they going to say to the media? “Well hell, I’m shocked he’s off the hook!” Really.
According to original reports filed by The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., the singer was carrying 2.6 grams of cocaine and was busted with the help of a ‘nosey’ bathroom attendant. According to Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Clark County District Attorney David Roger said Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, will be placed on a year of informal probation.” Now before you get 8-balls in a tizzy, touting celebrity treatment – slap on the wrist again – it’s been reported that this is actually a very standard occurrence in minor first-time drug possession cases.
If Mars had failed, he would have been adjudicated guilty with the possibility of facing prison time. The 26-year-old did not appear in the Las Vegas court this Wednesday and is nominated for six awards at this year’s Grammys. Hopefully, the only ‘lines’ Mars will be doing from now on are song lyrics.
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