Bruno Mars formally charged for alleged cocaine possession

bruno-marsBruno Mars has been formally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas district attorney’s office tells EW. Mars, whose smash “Just the Way You Are” is enjoying its second straight week as the biggest song in the country, was arrested early Sept. 19 after police allegedly found him with 2.6 grams of cocaine after a concert at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Mars is due back in court Nov. 18. If he is convicted, potential punishment for this charge could include one to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 — but if the singer has no prior convictions, Nevada law dictates that any such sentence would be automatically suspended and he would be put on probation instead.

A spokesperson for Mars did not immediately reply to EW’s request for comment. UPDATE: Mars’ label, Elektra Records, has issued the following statement: “We congratulate Bruno Mars on his chart topping success, and provide him with our full love and support.”

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  • Eric

    All he’s going to get will be a slap on the wrist like every other drug possessing celebretard. So tired of these idiots walking away from something like this. If this were us, we’d be in jail.

    • NaNa

      well yeah, i know he did bad
      and it’s unfair to let him go
      but he got great musics and i’ll really deplore if a very talented person will have to go to jail instead of makeing awesome works
      i’m just saying

  • leo

    Great song, though…hope this is a one off and he sorts himself out.

  • huh?

    Who the **** is Bruno Mars? Is he some kind of car salesman or something?

    • Ellipsian

      Dad, you idiot, you posted on the pop-culture-friendly site Entertainment Weekly again! Here’s the link you want: thisoldhouse.com

      • Ted

        @Ellipsian..that’s hilarious.

  • whatevs

    That is one unattractive dude.

    • send me to mars

      unattractive? your crazy! beautiful bruno even looks dreamie in his mugshot. stop being a hater whateves. love you bruno!

      • Khristina

        Hey send me to mars…

        How about we send you to school so you can get an education?

  • dipshat

    One to four years? Holy Crap! (oh carp, depending on you)

  • Philip

    I wonder if he will still be on SNL next week as he was supposed to be the musical guest with Jane Lynch.

  • Sean D

    I love Bruno Mars. He’s the only popular non-Auto Tuned artist! And his name is awesome! Bruno Mars? He sounds like a character on Sesame Street!

    • jchang365

      His real name is Peter Hernandez. Not as cool, unfortunately.

      • NaNa

        well, i think a lot of people like his stage name but i personally love Hernandez!! i think it’s cool both the way it sound and the way it was writen

    • Dave

      I think you might be disappointed. Bruno Mars is in fact auto-tuned. Have you heard him live? He sucks, and most of the time he’s standing still, so theres no way he could be having trouble breathing.

  • send me to mars

    electra records, thank you so much for sticking by bruno’s side. he needs to be supported right now,from us his fans and especailly you his recording label so once again thank you.

  • Ben

    He looks like if Rufio from Hook, and Ben Savage from Boy Meets World had a love child…

  • Whyy doo you caree.?

    WHat.! Hes totally cutee.! But not really in this picc butt i still lovee him.!

  • DiRty DiaNa

    First I’m going to marry Peter Gene Hernandez ….
    2nd if you don’t know who Bruno Mars is then you need to step your music game up…3rd he has a beautiful voice and he how did he get a slap on the wrist if hes private business is posted in the internet?

  • I

    OMG I love him sooo much!!! Get ur act 2gether sweetie. How can i count on u if ur in jail for doing something so stupid and immature? U r fine just the way u r and u didnt need to change.Dont end up spending all ur moneys on stuff that will KILL u. Instead help Japan. Tey neeed it more than d=worthless drug dealers. Sry but Peter was rly stupid and ‘i luv him but dont feel super bad for him. He made a bad choice so he pays the price for it.

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