Joel Madden confirms pot was found in his Sydney, Australia, hotel room
Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden, husband of fashion designer and TV personality Nicole Richie, Tuesday confirmed that Australian police had found marijuana in his Sydney hotel room but were not pressing charges.
"Sunday while I was at work, a hotel employee found a small amount of marijuana in my hotel room," Madden posted on his Tumblr page. "The police were called and responded. Sydney is my adopted home and I appreciate the way the police handled the situation. They have informed me there will be no charges. I hope this didn't cause too much drama for everyone."
The Sydney Morning Herald said a cleaning person allegedly found less than 5 grams of marijuana in Madden's room at The Darling hotel inside The Star casino. Police were called and Madden, 34 -- who is in Australia as one of four coaches on that nation's version of "The Voice" -- was present as police searched the premises.
New South Wales law allows police the discretion to issue only a warning over small amounts of drugs, the paper said. However, a representative of Echo Entertainment Group, owner of The Star, told the paper that company policy was to exclude anyone found with prohibited drugs. Madden "was not afforded any special treatment and he's moved out," the representative said.
A spokeswoman for the Australian network Channel 9, which broadcasts "The Voice" declined to comment on whether Madden would remain on the show.
Madden and Richie married in December 2010. They have two children, daughter Harlow, 5, and son Sparrow, 3.