Justin Bieber has been ordered to pay almost $90,000 for damage caused to a neighbour in LA after throwing eggs at the house in one of a series of legal incidents involving the Canadian-born pop star who many think should be deported from the US.
The sentence also requires Bieber to stay at least 100 yards way from the victim’s family.
Bieber must let the probation officer know if he is deported or otherwise leaves the country, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Leland Harris said.
“Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him,” his representative said in a written statement. “He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music.”
The misdemeanor charge was filed Wednesday morning by the Los Angeles County District attorney five months after a sheriff’s investigator recommended it be prosecuted as a felony.
Assistant District Attorney Alan Yochelson told the judge that while the damage to Jeffrey Schwartz’s “dream house” was “incredible” he did not think it warranted a felony charge.
Yochelson called it “an extremely immature and silly act” that caused “incredible amount of damage” to what the neighbors considered their “dream house.”
Bieber’s lawyer previously called it a “silly prank.”
Bieber, 20, was not required to be in court. Attorney Shawn Holley, known for her frequent appearances defending Lindsay Lohan, entered the “no contest” plea on his behalf in a Van Nuys, California, court Wednesday afternoon.
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The vandalism case is what lawyers call a “wobbler,” meaning the district attorney could have prosecuted it as a felony — which would have much more serious consequences for the singer — or as a misdemeanor.
Bieber has since moved away from the neighbourhood where the incident occurred, selling the mansion to Khloe Kardashian.
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Bieber’s drunk driving charge in Miami is another legal problem facing the pop star and is unresolved at this point although it is believed a plea deal will resolve the matter, which caused much controversy when he was arrested in January, including a petition to have the pop star deported.
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The White House won’t comment on a petition signed by more than 270,000 people asking for Bieber to be deported for his alleged crimes.
Apart from the DUI offence in Miami he also has a pending assault charge and separate vandalism charges for the LA egging incident.
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Los Angeles prosecutors decided in June not to pursue charges against Bieber for an incident in which a Los Angeles woman accused him of trying to take her cell phone in what was described as a “tussle”.