Judge clears Bruno Mars of cocaine drug charge

19/01/12

Bruno Mars

Cocaine possession charges against Bruno Mars have been dismissed after the singer completed community service and drug education classes.

The 26-year-old was arrested in September in a bathroom at Las Vegas's Hard Rock Hotel with a bag of cocaine.

At the time, Mars admitted the charge and was also fined $2000 (£1296) and given 12 months' probation.

His lawyer said he'd even done extra community service and that his guilty plea would now be taken off his record.

Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, is up for six awards at next month's Grammy awards, including best song and best album.

He's also set to perform at the LA ceremony alongside the likes of Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and and Nicki Minaj.

The singer and producer has scored UK hits with Grenade, Just the Way You Are and Lazy Song - from his number one debut album Doo Wops & Hooligans.