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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.


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.