The Star casino
CHARGES have not been laid against The Voice star and Silver Logie winner Joel Madden, who was allegedly found in possession of marijuana at his Sydney apartment on the weekend.
Police have confirmed they executed a search warrant on Madden’s serviced apartment at The Darling hotel, inside The Star casino complex, at about 10.30pm on Sunday night.
«During the search a small amount of plant product, believed to cannabis, was found,» a police spokesman said.
«A 34-year-old man who occupies the apartment was present during the search. No charges have been laid.»
Channel Seven have reported that police had been alerted to the site by a cleaner.
Madden was in possession of 5g of the drug, which isn’t enough for a charge.
In NSW, any person found with 15g or less of marijuana is issued with a caution.
Madden has reportedly been ordered to quit his Sydney penthouse apartment.
Madden was spied meeting with a woman at Star casino cafe, Antidote, at 11.30am.
Sources said Madden had been given time to find new accommodations after being directed «immediately on Sunday night to pack his bags».
A spokesperson for the hotel confirmed that he was immediately asked to leave after the incident, saying: «He was not afforded any special treatment and he’s moved out.»
Madden has been living at The Darling as a VIP paying guest for more than two months and recently farewelled his wife Nicole Richie and two young children, Harlow and Sparrow.
Sources said cleaners were doing a daily room tidy when the drugs were found.
In a 2007 interview Madden said of his drug taking: «Without cigarettes, I would be doing heroin, probably, on a daily basis.»
This is not the first time The Voice mentor has been involved in controversy while in Australia. In May last year the Good Charlotte front was accused of being drunk on an episode of the top-rating sing-off.
Several references to the singer’s «sobriety» were made on Twitter, including the observation by performer Eddie Perfect that Madden’s «green room is stocked with harder stuff than the contestants’ «green room».
Joel Madden and his on air partner, Seal, have both used The Star’s Darling Hotel as a home away from home when in Sydney shooting the ratings juggernaut.
The pair, who both stay in the hotel, have often been seen dining at hip Japanese lobby bar and eatery, Sokyo.
Channel Nine has investigated media reports regarding Joel Madden. He advised Nine that while police did search his room and found a very small quantity of marijuana no charges were being laid. Police have also confirmed to Nine that no charges will be brought.
Joel Madden issued a brief statement on Twitter and admitted police had found cannabis in his suite at The Star.
«Sunday while I was at work, a hotel employee found a small amount of marijuana in my hotel room,» he said.
«The police were called and responded.
«Sydney is my adopted home and I appreciate the way the NSW Police handled the situation.
«They have informed me there will be no charges.
«I hope this didn’t cause too much drama for anyone.»
— Joel Christie, Clementine Cuneo, Annette Sharp
top online casino