Bieber pleads guilty to as­sault, care­less driv­ing

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Pop star Justin Bieber pleaded guilty Thurs­day to as­sault and care­less driv­ing, but will not go to jail over a col­li­sion with pa­parazzi in the Canadian coun­try­side last year.

A court of­fi­cial told AFP Bieber must pay a CA$750 (US$600) fine for care­less driv­ing.

A more se­ri­ous charge of danger­ous driv­ing, how­ever, was with­drawn, while Bieber re­ceived an ab­so­lute dis­charge for the as­sault, mean­ing he was found guilty but no con­vic­tion will show up on his record.

The crash oc­cured in Septem­ber near his home­town of Stratford, On­tario where Bieber was vis­it­ing fam­ily with his on-and-off-again girl­friend Selena Gomez.

Bieber, 21, was ac­cused of ram­ming his All-Ter­rain Ve­hi­cle into a mini­van driven by a pho­tog­ra­pher and then get­ting into a “phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion” with the driver, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Lo­cal me­dia said Bieber and Gomez had been tak­ing turns driv­ing the ATV while the other sat on the back.

The cou­ple had been on a quiet retreat in Stratford “that was un­for­tu­nately dis­rupted by the un­wel­come pres­ence of pa­parazzi,” said his lawyer Brian Greenspan.

Bieber once en­joyed a squeaky-clean im­age but has more re­cently had fre­quent run-ins with the law, in­clud­ing for drag rac­ing and throw­ing eggs at his neigh­bor’s home.

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