Pop singer Justin Bieber is set to be formally charged with a misdemeanor count of vandalism stemming from an egg throwing incident in January in his Calabasas, California neighborhood.
A former neighbor of Bieber called 911 to report that eggs were being lobbed over the pop star's fence, which caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damage to the targeted property. Residents of the affluent neighborhood had previously reported several incidents allegedly involving Bieber, 20, including speeding on the neighborhood streets. Bieber has since sold his home in the area to professional celebrity Khloe Kardashian.
Bieber’s attorney Shawn Holley has called Bieber’s egging incident a “silly prank.” Though, the case had been seen as a “wobbler,” meaning it could teeter between a felony or misdemeanor. The Los Angeles County district attorney decided to go with a misdemeanor charge, which means Bieber does not have to appear in court, though Holley is expected to make an initial appearance on his behalf in Van Nuys today.
One might get egged if they mess with Beliebers:
Don't mess with beliebers 🙂
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 9, 2014
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department searched Bieber's home on January 14 for video from Bieber's security cameras to assess what transpired the night of the egging. While there, Bieber's frequent house quest, Lil Za, legally known as Xavier Smith, was found with ecstasy pills, and was arrested for felony drug possession and vandalism. Lil Za, younger brother of rapper Lil Twist, pleaded "no contest," and was granted probation.
Bieber was also arrested in Miami in January after being pulled over for drag racing. The underage singer was charged with driving under the influence, and that case is still pending, though an insider has revealed that Bieber will likely be able to strike a plea deal to avoid trial.
In related news, Bieber joined pop star Carly Rae Jespen for a rendition of "Call Me Maybe" at their manager Scooter Braun's wedding:
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