Justin Bieber Pleads Guilty to Assault, Careless Driving in Canadian Paparazzo Lawsuit

Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to charges of assault and careless drivin
Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to charges of assault and careless driving Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to charges of assault and careless driving relating to an incident with a paparazzo photographer near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario during a trip home with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez in August of last year.

The "Heartbreaker" hitmaker appeared in court via a video link from Los Angeles on Thursday, June 4, and pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him, his lawyer, Brian Greenspan, confirmed to reporters.

The 21-year-old singer received an absolute discharge on the assault charge and a Canadian dollar fine of $750 for the careless driving charge.

As Us Weekly reported at the time, local media reported that Biebs was taken into custody after being involved in a collision between an ATV and a minivan, which resulted in a fight.

Bieber's lawyer, Greenspan, said the absolute discharge for the assault “recognized the fact that it was an incident that was somewhat provoked and that it lasted less than a minute”.

“The assault was described even by the photographer as a couple of slaps — certainly three at the most — that he deflected with his shoulder,” Greenspan added, then confirming his client had admitted responsibility for his actions.

This is the latest in a string of run-ins with the law for the teen idol. In July last year, Bieber pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism charges for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in California. In August he pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence, in Florida.

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