Troubled Home and Away heart-throb will admit to using ice and pills after being caught with drugs during a 'downward spiral' after his character was killed off the hit TV show
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Former Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger is expected to get off with a virtual slap on the wrist over allegations he was sprung with methamphetamine - the deadly drug ice.
In a sign of the times in Covid plagued Melbourne, the buffed actor will be dealt with in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court 'off papers' instead of being hauled into court to face the music.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Pledger is expected to admit to possessing a little over half a gram of meth and 30 Diazepam tablets.
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.
Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger appeared in Channel 7's The All New Monty: Guys & Gals last year
Pledger quit Home And Away in 2019 after deciding he wanted to pursue a career in music. He is pictured here with his former co-star Olivia Deeble
Police had arrested him on February 19 in Prahran - just outside of Melbourne's CBD - where he was allegedly found with the drugs.
Pledger was scheduled to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on two counts of drug possession on Thursday, but the matter was adjourned off for 'diversion' next week.
Under the diversion plan, Pledger will not formally plead to the charges and instead simply make admissions to the charged offences.
Under Victorian law, diversion plans are often handed down to first-time offenders and are designed not to impact on a person's life going forward.
In May, MasterChef's Ben Ungermann was placed on an undertaking of good behaviour and told make a $1000 donation to White Ribbon Australia after being placed on a diversion plan over an assault charge.
Unlike Pledger, Ungermann was forced to fly to Melbourne from his home in Queensland to face the magistrate in person.
Under Melbourne's current Covid lockdown, court hearings are held almost entirely via videolink, with many matters being dealt with in chambers by magistrates.
Daily Mail Australia revealed in July Pledger had wound up on the wrong side of the law.
Pledger appeared in court via videolink with his cat
Pledger in Channel 7's The All New Monty: Guys & Gals
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.
His life had been on a 'downward spiral' before he was charged with carrying the deadly drug ice.
A chiseled Adonis on the outside, Pledger allegedly set off alarm bells late last year while in Sydney filming Channel 7's The All New Monty: Guys & Gals.
A glorified strip show, Pledger appeared to relish his time getting his gear off on camera for his adoring fans.
His Home And Away character had been killed off in 2019 and Covid had seen Pledger reinvent himself as an Instagram star and part-time music producer.
In October, he made headlines when he announced a new love interest and Pledger was reportedly 'the most happiest' he'd been in a long while.
But in June the 28-year-old raised eyebrows when he revealed a lot more than he bargained for while filming himself in the shower.
Pledger briefly exposed his manhood in the raunchy clip.
Sources claim they have been worried about Pledger's since his character was killed off in 2019
He had been showing off his jacked physique before stepping out naked and preening in front of the bathroom mirror.
While laughed off at the time as a playful mishap, Daily Mail Australia has been told those closest to Pledger held deep concerns for his welfare.
He asked the magistrate to 'be gentle' on him during a bizarre court appearance in July which saw him suck from a vape and stroke a black cat.
A source close to Pledger, who asked to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia the actor had been struggling since leaving Home And Away in 2019.
'Orpheus has been exerting this problematic behaviour for a while, since he relocated back to Melbourne after his character was killed off,' the source said.
This increasingly unpredictable and worrisome behaviour continued with his split from his partner late last year, sources said.
Little has been seen on the actor's Instagram page since the charges went public in July.