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OTRC: Bruno Mars makes plea deal for cocaine arrest

Bruno Mars performing at the Cafe De Paris in London on January 11, 2011. (Bruno Mars official website, brunomars.com.)

Bruno Mars made a plea deal on Friday for his September cocaine arrest, reports People magazine.

The Grammy-nominated singer agreed to pay a $2,000 fine and complete drug counseling and 200 hours of community service and if he completes those terms and stays out of trouble for the next year, the felony cocaine possession charge will be dismissed.

The singer was detained on September 19 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino bathroom attendant noticed a man taking a long time in a stall with a bag of a white, powdered substance just before 2 a.m., and summoned security.

Police said Mars handed over a bag containing 2.6 grams of cocaine, and told the arresting officer he'd never used drugs before.

"Bruno is very appreciative he is being given this opportunity as a first offender not to suffer any conviction and instead to have his charge dismissed," Blair Berk, Mars' defense attorney told The Associated Press. "He is taking all of this quite seriously."

Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, is known for the hit song "Just the Way You Are" and sang the chorus on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You." The 25-year-old is up for seven Grammy awards on February 13, 2011.

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