Former Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger has asked a magistrate to ‘be gentle’ on him after cops allegedly caught him with a quantity of methamphetamine – the deadly drug ice.
Pledger, who is known for flaunting his muscular frame in shirtless photos on Instagram, appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on two counts of drug possession.
He had been arrested by Prahran uniformed police in Melbourne where he was charged and bailed to appear in court.
Pledger’s Home and Away character Mason Morgan (left) was killed off in the 2019 season finale. He was caught by uniformed police allegedly in possession of meth.
Orpheus Pledger (left) will be forced to front court to face drug possession charges in Melbourne. He debuted his romance with model Jacinda Gulen (right) last October.
Pledger, of Northcote in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, appeared in court before Magistrate Hugh Radford via videolink from his loungeroom- due to Victoria’s ongoing Covid-19 threat.
Dressed in a black t-shirt and wearing dark spectacles, Pledger’s cat could be seen wandering past as he asked for his matter to be adjourned to allow him to seek legal advice.
Pledger contested details of his alleged offending be released to the media.
‘Well, seeing as though I don’t have counsel present, I would like to keep things out of the media until the matter is resolved,’ he told the magistrate.
‘That well may be your wish,’ Mr Radford replied, ‘but the issue is … we were in normal times, the media is quite entitled to sit at the back of the court … so I don’t believe I could restrict them from at least obtaining a copy of the charges.’
A despondent Pledger reluctantly accepted the magistrate’s call, before pleading for mercy.
‘Be gentle, your honour,’ he said.
Mr Radford laughed.
‘I’m always gentle sir,’ he said.
Drug possession in Victoria can earn an offender anywhere up to a year in prison.
However, first time offenders can often escape with anything from fines to good behaviour bonds should they plead guilty at the earliest opportunity.
Any kind of conviction would be devastating to the career aspirations of the young star, who has been trying to reinvent himself as a music producer.
Pledger quit Home And Away in 2019 after deciding he wanted to pursue a career in music.
He recently returned to screens to bare all for Seven’s All-New Monty: Guys & Gals.
Last month, the 28-year-old raised eyebrows after he revealed a lot more than he bargained for while filming himself in the shower .
The Adonis-like star briefly exposed his manhood in the raunchy clip.
Pledger began by showing off his jacked physique in the shower before stepping out naked and preening in front of the bathroom mirror.
He pulled several faces while highlighting his abs and pecs, but his precarious hand placement meant his genitals were momentarily visible.
Pledger (right) has made a name for himself stripping off to his jocks in various Instagram posts since leaving Home and Away (pictured)
Raunchy: Orpheus pulled several faces while highlighting his abs and pecs, but his precarious hand placement meant his genitals were momentarily visible
Pledger appeared in court via videolink with his cat
LIFE AND TIMES OF HOME AND AWAY HUNK
2002: Aged 8, Pledger starred in short film Lamb.
2004: Appears in science fiction children’s series Silversun.
2011: Pledger joined the cast of Neighbours as student Noah Parkin in a recurring role.
2014: Pledger appeared in the Nine Network television film Schapelle – on the life of drug runner Schapelle Corby.
2015: Pledger joins Home and Away as Mason Morgan.
2019: His character is killed off and he announces a new career in music.
Pledger later deleted the clip, but it was soon picked up by fan accounts.
Home and Away viewers were both shocked and delighted by the accidental display, with several asking him to join OnlyFans.
In December, the actor explained that he had been working on a number of ‘POP tracks’ as part of his new career in music.
‘So happy to be producing music. Can’t wait for you all to hethe tracks I have in store for you,’ he teased on Instagram at the time.
Just months earlier, Pledger debuted his romance with model Jacinda Gulen.
A friend of the couple confirmed their relationship to Daily Mail Australia.
‘Orpheus is the most happiest I’ve seen him in a while. He has been isolating with his new girl,’ the source said at the time.
The pair are believed to have met last year, following his split from ex-girlfriend Bella Rogers in 2019.
In September he used his social media pulling power to back men’s health during the pandemic.
‘Social media influencers should use their voices to unite,’ he said then.
‘And at least get the conversations started about how to combat the effects that the coronavirus is having on our lives,’ he continued.
Pledger, of Northcote, was picked up with a quantity of the deadly drug ice
Oops! Orpheus later deleted the clip from Instagram but it was soon picked up by fan accounts
Orpheus is known for flaunting his muscular frame in shirtless photos on Instagram