Alleged Justin Bieber spitting incident could lead to charges

March 30, 2013|By Richard Winton
  • Justin Bieber performs in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, two days after he was involved in an altercation with a neighbor in Calabasas.
Justin Bieber performs in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, two days after… (Matthias Schrader / Associated…)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department continued to investigate allegations that Justin Bieber threatened and spat on a Calabasas neighbor, officials said.

The neighbor filed a battery complaint, and the sheriff's department will decide whether there is enough evidence to ask prosecutors to file charges against the pop star.

It's unclear when a decision will be made.

Sheriff's detectives are also looking into complaints that Bieber and his entourage drove at excessive speeds through his 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.

Deputies arrived on the scene 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, 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.


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