September 20, 2010 / 10:24 PM / 9 years ago

Bruno Mars arrested for cocaine possession

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Bruno Mars, whose hit “Just the Way You Are” is rising up record charts, was arrested early Sunday morning in a Las Vegas hotel for cocaine possession.

Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was arrested at 2:40 a.m. pdt after police were called to the Hard Rock Hotel when a bathroom attendant saw a man, later identified as Hernandez, with “a baggy of white powder,” according to a police report.

Police tested the powder and concluded it was cocaine. The report also stated the singer admitted doing a foolish thing and said he had never used drugs before.

Earlier this year, Mars broke into the ranks of rising stars with featured vocals on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire.”

Mars is set to release his debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” on October 5. The first single “Just the Way You Are” is currently at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Writing and reporting by Zorianna Kit; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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