Joel Madden escapes charges after drugs search
Rocker Joel Madden has escaped drug possession charges after cops reportedly found a small stash of cannabis in his Australian apartment.
The Good Charlotte frontman, 34, is in the country acting as a judge on the Aussie version of The Voice, but he had a brush with the law on Sunday when officers searched his serviced apartment at The Darling hotel in Sydney.
The search turned up a small amount of marijuana, but cops decided against pressing charges. A cleaner had allegedly earlier reported seeing the substance.
A police spokesperson tells the Sydney Herald Sun, "During the search a small amount of plant product, believed to cannabis, was found. A 34-year-old man who occupies the apartment was present during the search. No charges have been laid."
The publication reports Madden has now been asked to leave the hotel.
He has released a statement confirming drugs were found in his room and thanking the police for the way they handled the situation.
The statement reads, "On Sunday, while I was at work, a hotel employee found a small amount of marijuana in my hotel room. The police were called and responded. Sydney is my adopted home and I appreciate the way NSW (New South Wales) police handled the situation. They have informed me there will be no charges. I hope this didn't cause too much drama for anyone."
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