Joel Madden Blogs About Marijuana Bust

By Valerie Tejeda 06/12/13

The Good Charlotte singer got kicked out of an Australian hotel for pot, but won't face charges.

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Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden has opened up on his blog about getting busted with illegal herb in Australia. While staying in Sydney to film the Australian version of The Voice, the 34-year-old was kicked out of his hotel after a housekeeper discovered small amounts (fewer than 5 grams) of weed in his room. Though no charges were filed, the star has addressed the incident on his personal blog. "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," he writes. "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." Though the investigation continues, Madden was not charged because Australian law issues only a warning for small amounts of drugs. But the singer was asked to immediately leave the hotel after the search, in accordance with hotel policy. "He was not afforded any special treatment and he's moved out," says a spokesman for Echo Entertainment, which oversees the casino/hotel where he was staying. Madden is married to Nicole Richie, and they have two children together.

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