NewsWritten by Sarah Bella on June 12, 2013
Good Charlotte frontman and The Voice Australia judge Joel Madden has been sprung with marijuana in his hotel room, with a housekeeper discovering a small amount of the green on Sunday afternoon then calling the police.
The boys in blue were called by hotel staff at 4:30pm and carried out a room search while the 34-year-old father of 2 was present. Madden was immediately kicked out of the Sydney Star Casino hotel room after less than 5 grams of reefer was discovered, but no charges are being laid as NSW law allows a simple caution to be issued for possession of small amount of drugs.
The singer confirmed the drug bust, releasing a statement on his Tumblr account:
“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 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.”
A spokesperson for the hotel said it’s their policy to chuck out anyone found with illegal drugs, saying, “He was not afforded any special treatment and he’s moved out.” Lifestyles of the rich and the famous, indeed. No news on whether this will affect Madden’s position on reality juggernaut The Voice, which coincidentally airs its grand final next Monday night.
UPDATE: Joel’s The Voice colleague Seal and rapper 360 have taken to Twitter to defend Madden and hit out at “trash media”
UPDATE 2: Ricky Martin has now put his thoughts forward on Joel’s trying time…
Gallery: 14 Musicians With Drug Problems Worse Than Joel Madden’s
David Bowie – He did so much coke in the ’70s that he told magazines like Playboy and Rolling Stone that he thought witches were stealing his semen and that the Rolling Stones were sending him secret messages.
Doc McGhee – Bon Jovi’s manager was convicted of smuggling 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from South America in 1988 but got off with just a suspended sentence.
Fiona Apple – spent a night in the slammer this year after the cops found hash on her tour bus in Texas and accused the cops of acting in an “inappropriate and probably illegal” manner.
Izzy Stradlin – The Guns N’ Roses guitarist was ordered to get rid of all the drugs in his possession by his manager upon entering Japan to tour...so he took ‘em all at once and wound up in a 96 hour coma.
Lil’ Wayne – His tour bus was stopped by US Border Patrol in Texas and 105 grams of weed, almost 29 grams of coke and 41 grams ecstasy were found. The rapper was sentenced to 3 years probation.
Louis Armstrong – The original muso drug bust. Armstrong was arrested in November 1930 while smoking marijuana and got a 6 month suspended sentence.
Pete Doherty – In 2005, a documentary maker sold pictures of Pete smoking heroin to the tabloids, which led to his arrest.
Scott Weiland – In 1995, the Stone Temple Pilots singer was convicted of buying crack. In 1998, he was busted buying heroin (reportedly dressed like a pimp) and went to jail for his efforts.
Sly Stone – Cocaine’s a helluva drug. Sly has multiple arrests for cocaine possession over the years and by 2011 he was reportedly homeless and living out of his van.
Willie Nelson – The country singer is old hat at weed possession, being done in 1974, 1994, 2006 and 2010. The last occasion, in which he was done with 6oz, saw him pay a $1,024 fine and receive 6 months probation.
David Crosby – Went to jail for coke and heroin possession in ’82, then drove his car into a fence in ’85 with a gun and coke in his car.
George Harrison – The Beatle was arrested for hash possession on the day of Paul and Linda McCartney’s wedding, forcing him and wife Pattie Boyd to miss his friends' big day
Jonny Craig – After numerous reported problems involving heroin, the Dance Gavin Dance frontman was charged with 2 counts of illegal drug use, 2 counts of possession of narcotics and sent to a court-ordered rehab facility.
Snoop Lion – Amongst a plethora of drug arrests, he’s currently banned from entering Norway after trying to enter the country in possession of 8 grams of reefer. Norway! Who doesn't want to go there?!