Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars Cuts Deal in Cocaine Case

Bruno Mars has dodged a grenade. The Hawaiian-born singer, who was arrested on cocaine possession last September at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, has worked out a deal with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office where he won’t have a conviction charge on his permanent record.

As part of the deal, the seven-time Grammy nominee has agreed to a “deferred adjudication,” meaning that as long as he has a clean slate over the next 12 months and performs 200 hours of community service, the charge will be dropped and entirely swept under the rug. He will also have to undergo private counseling.

The hitmaker was taken into custody in the early hours of the morning at the Vegas hotel after security officials confronted him in the bathroom and found narcotics on his person. He was arrested and released hours later.