The original bassist of Maroon 5 was arrested Jan. 21 on cocaine charges in New York, and on Tuesday (May 17), the New York Daily News reports Mickey Madden accepted a conditional dismissal offer in exchange for one day of community service.
According to police, Madden passed a vial of cocaine to film producer James “Bingo” Gubelmann outside St. Dymphnas, a St. Marks Place bar in the East Village, around 1:30 a.m. that morning. Madden’s lawyer Joe Tacopina placed the blame on Gubelmann, saying his client was “purely innocent” and “didn’t possess any narcotics.”
Madden is a Los Angeles resident and, according to Tacopina, will be allowed to complete his day of service for an L.A. nonprofit of his choice. Six months later, he says the case will be expunged from his records.
Madden, 37, has been playing with Adam Levine for a long time — so long, that he predates the Maroon 5 era. In the ’90s, Madden played with Levine (and other future Maroon 5 members) in their pre-fame band Kara’s Flowers. He’s been with Maroon 5 from their earliest days through their most recent album, 2014’s V.
Gubelmann — who accepted a deal similar to Madden’s — has production credit on films like 2014’s Infinitely Polar Bear and 2011’s Detachment.
A representative of Maroon 5 had no further comment on the issue.