Justin Bieber placed on probation after egging incident
Justin Bieber has been getting into a lot of legal trouble this year, but a California court has officially reached a decision that may put an end to the 20-year-old singer’s crime spree. After pleading no contest to one count of misdemeanor vandalism, the court placed Bieber on two years probation, ordered him to pay $80,900 in restitution, and is forcing him to do five days of community service, as well as attend an anger management program.
“Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him,” said a spokeswoman for Bieber, who did not attend the court hearing himself. “He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music.”
Bieber was accused of the vandalism on Jan. 9, after he allegedly launched an egg assault on a his former neighbor’s house in Calabasas, Calif. His neighbors, Jeff and Suzie Schwartz, accused Bieber of throwing at least a dozen raw eggs at their home and causing at least $20,000 damage to its expensive exterior.
Deputies raided Bieber’s former residence on Jan. 14, and during their felony search, police found at least one marijuana bong in plain view. They also obtained a surveillance video that supported witness statements.
“The video gave the evidence (detectives) were looking for,” law enforcers told The News. “There was nothing on the video to suggest it didn’t occur or that it was someone else.”
“[It was] a deliberate act directed against a known neighbor,” said Lt. David Thompson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year. “This was a neighbor he had a dispute with. It’s pretty clear-cut to me.”
“He did it, so he should be admitting it,” Suzie Schwartz told The News. “He should take care of the stuff that he messes up. It shouldn’t matter that he’s a celebrity. He can’t drive the way he does, say the things he does and destroy other people’s property and get away with it. They had so much proof, they couldn’t let him off.”
According to police, Jeff Schwartz recorded his real-time reaction to the egging and has produced receipts from “reputable” companies showing around $20,000 in damage. Schwartz’s video does not show Bieber, but captures an off-camera voice that sounds like him.
“F—k you! I got another one for you actually,” the voice clearly yells.
The California court also ruled today that Bieber must stay away from his former neighbors for two years.
Bieber’s legal troubles did not stop after the Schwartz family opened the vandalism case – on Jan. 23, he was pulled over in a Lamborghini in Miami Beach and taken into custody for resisting arrest. Bieber was drag racing on a residential street and “miserably” failed his sobriety tests due to a combination of marijuana, alcohol, and Xanax being in his system. The singer was handcuffed after unleashing a series of profanities at police officers, but has pleaded not guilty in that case. He was then booked in Canada less than a week later, on Jan. 29, for allegedly assaulting a limo driver back in December.