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Bruno Mars to Avoid Conviction for Drug Charge With Plea Deal

January 29, 2011 (6:39 am) GMT
The charge will be dismissed if he isn't arrested in the next 12 months, and in exchange he is ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and undergo private counseling sessions.

R&B star has landed a plea deal with Las Vegas prosecutors over his drug arrest last September - he will avoid a conviction if he stays out of trouble until 2012. The "Grenade" hitmaker, real name Peter Hernandez, was facing a felony drug charge after a bathroom attendant at the Hard Rock Hotel allegedly caught him with a bag of white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

He was due to appear in a Sin City court to answer the count on February 4, but he has now dodged having the incident listed on his criminal record, according to TMZ.com. The website claims the District Attorney in Clark County has agreed to a "deferred adjudication", allowing Mars to have the charge dismissed if he isn't arrested in the next 12 months.

In exchange, Mars will complete 200 hours of community service and undergo private counseling sessions. The plea deal is good news for Mars - he's currently flying high at the top of the U.S. pop charts with his track "Grenade", while he also scooped the most popular single and album for "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" in the U.K. last weekend.

And he's set to battle it out at the 2011 Grammy Awards next month - he's been nominated for an impressive seven prizes.

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