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Home and Away star on cocaine rap after TV party

Todd Lasance, who played widower Aden Jefferies in the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away, will enter a plea on a cocaine possession charge during his first appearance in a Sydney court next month, his lawyer said today.

Lasance, whose long-running series has also screened in Europe and Canada since its Australian debut in 1988, was not required to appear when the charge was brought before a Sydney magistrates court for the first time today.

His lawyer, Chris Ford, told reporters Lasance would appear in court and enter a plea on February 1. Ford declined to say how his client would plea.

Nightclub

It is not clear how much cocaine Lasance (24) was allegedly carrying when police arrested him in a Sydney nightclub on December 12 after he had attended a dinner with stars and staff from the Seven Network, which airs the drama in Australia. Mr Ford described the charge as "minor".

A possession charge in New South Wales carries a potential maximum penalty of two years in prison and a 2,200 Australian dollar (€1,410) fine.

A drug conviction could also derail Lasance's plan to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career.

Lasance announced last month before his arrest that he was leaving the drama in which his character first appeared in 2005.

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