Bieber Pleads Guilty To Careless Driving, Assault

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Justin Bieber Image Credit: Jordan Strauss, Invision for the Television Academy

A tip of the hat to Justin Bieber’s legal team.

The pop star pled guilty to assault and careless driving charges in connection with a collision and altercation with a photographer near his Canadian hometown, his lawyer confirmed to Reuters and The Canadian Press on Thursday.

But the sentencing was light: Bieber, 21, will only have to pay a $750 fine for careless driving, and though he was found guilty of assault, he will not face any conviction.

An additional charge of dangerous driving was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

The case stems from November 2014, when Bieber was visiting Stratford, Ontario with then-girlfriend, Selena Gomez. Paparazzi began to chase the couple, and Bieber’s ATV crashed into a photographer’s minivan.

Police said Bieber then “engaged in a physical altercation” with the paparazzo.

His lawyers said Bieber was on a “peaceful retreat.”

Bieber did not attend proceedings in person, but appeared via video link “standing politely with his hands folded, wearing white dress shirt, in front of two dreary paintings,”  according to National Post reporter Joseph Brean.

 

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