Bruno 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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