Justin Bieber Recommended For Felony Vandalism Charge
Justin Bieber has had quite a wild ride over the past few months after his arrest for drunken drag racing, claims of assault in Toronto, and stories of a jet so filled with marijuana smoke that the pilot had to wear an oxygen mask. Now, he may face felony vandalism charges in relation to the egg-throwing incident involving his neighbor.
The incident occurred in January when the neighbor captured video of the assault on his home, exchanging words with Bieber (whose face was not captured on camera) and later calling 911. He claims the damage done to his home exceeds $20,000 and is pursuing felony vandalism charges, which the L.A. County Sheriff is backing.
“I went to the D.A.’s Office today with the paperwork, and I want a felony,” Lt. Dave Thompson told TMZ. “Of course I want a felony.”
Bieber was served with a search warrant in mid-January, and police found cocaine in his home that allegedly belonged to his pal Lil’ Za, a rapper friend who was staying with him at the time. He was arrested on felony drug charges, but Bieber escaped trouble that time. Soon after, however, he turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge stemming from an incident with a limo driver.
“On Monday, December 30, 2013 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a limousine picked up a group of six people outside a nightclub in the Peter Street and Adelaide Street West area. While driving the group to a hotel, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine. In the course of the altercation, a man struck the limousine driver on the back of the head several times,” read a statement by police.
Bieber’s attorney released a statement, saying the matter would likely be treated as a misdemeanor.
“The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto today to face an allegation of assault relating to an incident on December 29, 2013,” a statement from Bieber’s rep said. “We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States.”