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Justin Bieber pleads no contest to egging

Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge in the egging incident at his neighbor's house.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Justin Bieber pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge in the egging incident at his neighbor's house in Calabasas.

Bieber was sentenced to two years probation, 12 weeks of an anger management program, five days community labor and must pay $80,900 in restitution for the January incident. He was also ordered to stay away from the victim and the victim's family for two years.

"Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him. He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music," a spokesperson for the singer said in a statement.

It may have been an Instagram photo that connected Bieber to the egging. Authorities said surveillance video appeared to show the pop star high-fiving friends after the incident. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Bieber's Instagram account in April due to a photo that may match his outfit with what he wore in the surveillance video.

Since it is a misdemeanor case, Bieber did not appear in court. His attorneys entered the plea on his behalf.

Prosecutors spent months considering whether to file charges against the singer. Bieber's Calabasas home was searched on Jan. 14, but Bieber was not at home during that time. Sheriff's detectives estimated the damage to the neighbor's home at up to $20,000. The threshold for filing a felony is if more than $400 in damage was caused.

Bieber faces two other cases in Florida and Toronto. A Miami court has set a trial date this month for his DUI case, which also includes charges that he resisted arrest without violence and was driving with an expired license. A preliminary toxicology report showed that the singer tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest, but no other illicit drugs were found in his system.

In Toronto, Bieber was charged with assault for allegedly hitting a limousine driver several times in the back of the head.

The singer is also being sued by a former bodyguard, who says Bieber repeatedly berated him, hit him in the chest and owes him $420,000 in overtime and other wages. That case is scheduled to go to trial in L.A. next month.

Most recently, neighbors in Bieber's new Beverly Hills condo building say he and his entourage have been causing disturbances there as well.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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