Bruno Mars takes plea deal in court
Published 29/01/2011 | 01:27
Pop star Bruno Mars is taking a plea deal that will see him receive a fine, probation and eventual dismissal of a felony cocaine possession charge in Las Vegas.
His lawyers and District Attorney David Roger said the 25-year-old Grammy nominee is due to waive an evidentiary hearing on February 4 so he can plead guilty in state court.
Under the plea deal, his case would be dismissed after a 2,000 dollar (£1,261) fine, 200 hours of community service, drug counselling and a year on probation.
The Just the Way You Are singer, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was arrested in September after a Las Vegas nightclub performance. Police said he had 2.6 grams (0.09 ounces) of cocaine.
Defence lawyer Blair Berk said Mars appreciates the opportunity he is getting.
The plea agreement will let Mars step past the Las Vegas cocaine charge a week before the 53rd Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.
Mars is nominated for seven awards, including best male pop vocal for his hit, Just the Way You Are. He was featured on B.o.B's Nothin' on You - a nominee for record of the year.
Celebrity website TMZ first reported the deal.