Timeline of Justin Bieber's problems with the law
He may be a pop singer, but Justin Bieber has collected quite a rap sheet in a short period of time.
On Aug. 29, the 20-year-old Ontario native was arrested and charged with dangerous driving after his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) collided with a minivan in his hometown of Stratford. The ATV driver allegedly “engaged in a physical altercation” with one of the occupants of the minivan following the collision.
"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi," Bieber’s lawyer Brian Greenspan said in a statement to The Canadian Press. “This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully co-operated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
A few days prior to his arrest, the “Bad Day” singer’s car was hit in Hollywood by a vehicle driven by a photographer. Bieber tweeted his anger at the paparazzi.
"There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana," he wrote, adding, “I don’t have a problem with Paparazzi but when they act recklessly they put us all in danger.”
The Canadian musician is set to appear in court on Sept. 29 over the ATV crash. In the meantime, we look back at Bieber’s (ever-growing) list of run-ins with the law:
April 24, 2013: Swedish police reportedly find drugs and a stun gun on board one of the Biebs’ tour buses. No criminal charges are filed and Bieber was not on the vehicle at the time.
Nov. 8, 2013: Bieber is charged with vandalism after spray-painting graffiti in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is forced to pay a fine but is not arrested.
Dec. 30, 2013: Toronto police allege that Bieber hit a limo driver on the back of the head on this date after he was picked up with five other people. The singer pleads not guilty and a hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8, 2014.
Jan. 14, 2014: Bieber is detained after being accused of throwing about 24 eggs at his neighbour’s house in Calabasas on Jan. 9, causing around $2,000 in damage. On July 9, the singer pleads no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and is ordered to pay $81,000 in damages and to serve two years of probation, five days of community service and 12 weeks of anger management.
Jan. 23, 2014: On the night that inspired a thousand mugshot memes, Bieber is arrested in Miami Beach for an alleged DUI while drag racing. He is also charged with driving with an expired license and resisting arrest, and is released on $2,500 bail. On Aug. 13, he pleads guilty to reckless driving and resisting arrest and a plea deal forces him to take a 12-hour anger management course and to pay a $500 fine and $50,000 to a local children’s organization.
Jan. 29, 2014: Bieber surrenders to authorities at a Toronto police station over charges relating to the alleged assault of a Toronto limo driver. The cops allege that on Dec. 29, 2013 Bieber was one of six people the limo driver picked up from a night club and that the driver was allegedly attacked on the way to a hotel.
March 6, 2014: While being deposed for a lawsuit (which involved his bodyguard allegedly pulling a gun on a photographer), Bieber bristles when asked about his off-on girlfriend Selena Gomez. “Don’t ask me about her again,” he says. The Biebs has been ridiculed by the press for his bratty behaviour during the proceedings.
Aug. 20, 2014: Photographer Aja Oxman alleges that Bieber ordered his bodyguard to nab the photographer’s memory card after he took photos of the singer in Hawaii in November. Dwayne Patterson allegedly put Oxman in a chokehold and damaged his camera. The photographer was reportedly seeking more than $25,000 in damages but lack of evidence meant Bieber was neither arrested nor charged.
Aug. 29, 2014: Bieber is arrested in Stratford, Ont. on charges of dangerous driving while on his ATV.