Yet again, singer and entertainer Justin Bieber come under the media limelight for all the wrong reasons, with an investigation into allegations of robbery being conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department. Recently, the LAPD confirmed that it was in the process of investigating a claim made by a woman that Bieber had stolen her mobile phone. The woman claimed that he took her cell phone while she was attempting to photograph the teen heartthrob.
Defense Via Twitter
While the LAPD has not yet arrested Bieber or remanded him into custody for questioning, the pop singer took to the popular social networking site, Twitter, to categorically refute the allegations of robber. Through a series of tweets, Bieber firmly denied that he had committed the crime, urging his fan following to ignore the rumors. He also provided a link to an article from TMZ that snubbed the same allegations. A member of the LAPD, Rosario Herrera, also confirmed that the charges being filed were only for ‘attempted robbery’.
Frequent Trouble with the Law
Since the Canadian pop sensation’s explosion onto the stage in July 2010, when his single, ‘One Time’ reached the Billboard Top 100 charts, Bieber has come under intense scrutiny for his off-stage antics. The investigation into the ‘attempted robbery’ claims is just one more blemish on a list full of charges.
Bieber’s first run-in with the law took place in March 2013, when his neighbors accused him of wreckless driving in the neighborhood. However, the singer was not arrested and paid no penalties associated with the incident. Bieber then ran into further trouble during a one-week trip to Brazil, when he was charged with vandalism. The singer was caught within a media whirlwind when photographs emerged of Bieber painting graffiti on a wall.
Bieber faced a one-year sentence for the vandalism, but managed to avoid spending time behind bars by paying a hefty penalty. During the same visit to Brazil, the singer was also spotted exiting a brothel.
In January 2014, the singer once again found himself in trouble for supposedly ‘egging’ his neighbor’s property. Police authorities obtained a search warrant and searched the pop artist’s home. During the search, the police discovered cocaine. However, no charges were filed against the singer, but his friend was arrested for possession.
Only a week after the incident, Bieber was arrested for drunken driving and illegal drag racing. Bieber was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription medication, along with an expired license. He was released shortly after signing a $2500 bond. Just a few days after that arrest, he was once again caught by police authorities in Toronto for assaulting a limousine driver.
The numerous charges and allegations that Justin Bieber amassed, led to the initiation of a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, requesting that the singer be deported from the United States. The petition grew in popularity, gathering over 250,00 signatures from U.S. citizens. Although no action has been taken to date, the White House is required to look into the matter.
Since the petition was filed, he has also been accused of smoking marijuana on an airplane, despite being repeatedly told by the pilots not to do it.
While it is not expected that Bieber will be on trial for the charges of attempted robbery, he does still face charges of driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. The trial has been delayed to July 7, 2014.
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