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Justin Bieber spit on him, neighbor alleges in battery complaint

March 27, 2013|By Richard Winton
  • Justin Bieber at a Clippers-Celtics game. Bieber allegedly spat on a neighbor, according to a battery complaint.
Justin Bieber at a Clippers-Celtics game. Bieber allegedly spat on a neighbor,… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Justin Bieber spat on a Calabasas neighbor and threatened him after a harsh exchange of words over the pop star's behavior and that of his entourage, a neighbor told deputies when making a battery complaint.

L.A. County sheriff's detectives are now investigating allegations involving the Tuesday morning confrontation, as well as complaints Bieber and his entourage drove at excessive speeds through his Calabasas neighborhood, authorities said.

"The neighbor has complained Mr. Bieber spit on him and made some threats," said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, "Mr. Bieber's people say that it did not happen. Obviously, our detectives will determine what happened and take appropriate action."

Whitmore said at this stage no one has been arrested or cited from what amounts to a neighbor dispute.

Whitmore said the department is also aware of accusations that people at Bieber's residence have been accused of driving at high speeds through the neighborhood. He noted that those were allegations and may not have involved Bieber himself.

Sheriff's deputies arrived on the block where Bieber lives in Calabasas at 9:08 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the neighbor's allegations of battery and threats by Bieber, Whitmore said.

The altercation began with an argument outside their homes on Prado Del Grandioso, the neighbor alleged. But then it escalated, according to officials. Whitmore said the neighbor told authorities he was subject to battery and threats by the singer.

Prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges in connection with an altercation in May in Calabasas in which Bieber allegedly punched and kicked a photographer.

Sheriff's detectives investigated allegations that Bieber struck the photographer after he snapped pictures of the singer and his then-girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez, at the Commons at Calabasas Shopping Center. 

But officials with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said no evidence, including videos and photographs, corroborated the allegations by the paparazzo, who was treated and released at a local hospital.

According to the narrative by prosecutors, the photographer was with other paparazzi taking pictures of the pop star and Gomez as they left a theater and walked to a parking lot.

Bieber allegedly kicked the photographer in the lower abdomen, "leading the suspect to lose his balance," prosecutors said.

When the photographer said Bieber's actions were unnecessary, the pop star allegedly punched him in the right side of the face. Bieber then got back in the van and drove "erratically in the parking lot" before leaving the shopping center, prosecutors said.

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