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Justin Bieber Charged With Assault, Dangerous Driving in Canada

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Justin Bieber attends a VMA Pre-Party on August 23, 2014 in Los Angeles. Araya Diaz—Getty Images

Allegedly got into a fight after car crash

Now Canada can join the list of countries where Justin Bieber has gotten into trouble with the law. The 20-year-old pop sensation was arrested Friday in his native country after he allegedly got into a fight after a car crash.

Bieber got into a “physical altercation” with an occupant of the other car after a collision near Perth, Ontario, according to the police report, which resulted in charges for assault and dangerous driving. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Sept 29.

The 20-year-old’s brushes with the law have become more frequent in recent months. He was accused of attempted robbery of a cell phone in May, and pled no contest to vandalism charges in July after egging a neighbor’s home. He made a large donation to charity in August as part of a settlement for his DUI charge in Miami.

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Justin Bieber Won’t Go to Jail on That Miami DUI Charge

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This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. AP

But he's not out of legal hot water yet

Justin Bieber is basically off the hook for engaging in what looked like an illegal drag race through Miami this past winter. On Wednesday, he will plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges — careless driving and resisting arrest without violence — as part of a court deal to avoid the initial driving-under-the-influence charge that could have yielded more serious legal consequences.

He won’t be serving any jail time, to the relief of Beliebers everywhere. Instead, he’ll make a charitable donation of $50,000 and take an anger-management course, Variety reports.

Police in Miami Beach pulled him over after midnight on Jan. 23 for driving at excessive speeds — as fast as 130 m.p.h. at one point — in a rented Lamborghini. Reports say he had marijuana and Xanax in his system at the time.

Bieber has had his fair deal of legal trouble recently. Last month, he paid more than $80,000 in damages after egging a neighbor’s house in Los Angeles. In his hometown of Toronto, meanwhile, he faces charges of assaulting a limo driver last December, though his attorneys — who will appear in his stead in court on Wednesday — insist he’s innocent.

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These Are the 10 Most Popular Music Videos on YouTube

PSY pretty much blows everyone else out of the water

You know which music videos you like to watch incessantly — but what about the rest of the world? YouTube has put together a playlist compiling its 10 most-viewed music videos ever to pay homage to the artists racking up the heftiest numbers of streams.

Here are the winners, along with the amount of views provided by YouTube. Of course, those stats are likely to continue climbing.

1. PSY – Gangnam Style

2,052,142,296 views

2. Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris – Baby

1,060,638,016 views

3. Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull – On The Floor

767,272,725 views

4. Eminem ft. Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie

716,231,316 views

5. LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem

713,191,153 views

6. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

685,767,350 views

7. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

594,483,912 views

8. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

570,877,802 views

9. Don Omar ft. Lucenzo – Danza Kuduro

575,283,830 views

10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz – Thrift Shop

554,588,442 views

 

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Justin Bieber Must Complete Anger Management, Pay Fine for Egging Incident

The pop star pleaded no contest to one count of vandalism

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Updated at 8:45 p.m. ET

Justin Bieber pleaded no contest on Wednesday to one count of vandalism for egging a neighbor’s house earlier this year. As a part of his plea deal, CNN reports, the Canadian popstar will have to pay $80,900 in restitution. He will also be on probation for two years and is will be required to complete 12 weekly anger management courses and five days of community service.

Bieber’s neighbor claimed that he caught the “Baby” singer throwing eggs at his house on tape in January. On Wednesday, Bieber was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim family. Earlier this year, authorities searched the 19-year-old’s home for surveillance footage of the incident and subsequently arrested Bieber’s rapper friend 20-year-old Lil Za.

Lil Za was charged with felony possession of Ectasy and oxycodone and faces up to nine years in prison.

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Here’s Another Video of Justin Bieber Being Racist

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Canadian singer Justin Bieber attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2014 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 22 May 2014. Hubert Boesl—dpa/AP

The singer replaces "girl" with the n-word.

A video emerged Wednesday showing a young Justin Bieber singing a racist parody of his popular song “One Less Lonely Girl,” the second time in the last week the pop star has been depicted making racist comments.

The video, published by TMZ, shows a 14-year-old Bieber sitting in a chair and giggling as he croons the tune while replacing the word “girl” with the n-word.

“One less lonely n—-r,” Bieber sings. “If I kill you, I’d be a part of the KKK, and there’s gonna be one less lonely n—-r.”

Bieber was reportedly singing a parody of his song he had seen on YouTube. Bieber apologized last Sunday after a video emerged that showed him telling a racist joke. He said that at the time of the video’s creation, he “thought it was OK to repeat hurtful and jokes.”

“I didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance,” he said in a statement to the Associated Press.

“I’m very sorry,” Bieber said. “I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior.”

TMZ reports that Bieber and his representatives wanted the video released so he can take responsibility for his actions.

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SNL’s Kate McKinnon Shares the Secret to a Flawless Justin Bieber Impression

File this advice away for the next time you want to go as the Biebs for Halloween

When Kate McKinnon plays Justin Bieber on Saturday Night Live, she somehow manages to simultaneously nail it while also completely overdoing it. The result is always delightful and ridiculous. When she appeared on Conan last night, he decided to ask just how she manages to pull it off.

“What’s the key to inhabiting Justin Bieber?” Conan asks. “How do you become Justin Bieber?”

She ponders this question for a moment, then thoughtfully replies, “It’s looking like a puppy who just piddled and is sort of sorry about it.”

McKinnon has also had the privilege of meeting him in real life, so she’s gotten a chance to absorb his essence. “He’s very beautiful to look at,” the SNL performer says. “He has the swagger of a gang leader with the face of a member of the Sistine Chapel.”

In case you’ve yet to see her Bieber impression, check out this clip about four minutes in:

 

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Justin Bieber’s Racist Joke Apology Actually Gets It Right

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Justin Bieber performs on March 23, 2013, in Bologna, Italy Roberto Serra / Iguana Press / Redferns via Getty Images

The pop singer's mea culpa hit all the right notes

Over the weekend, when video footage surfaced of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke, the cycle of celebrity scandal kicked into high gear. The video was posted by TMZ in the morning; by the evening, the Associated Press had an apology out of him.

The only thing unexpected about the order of events? Even though the joke is awful — and in some ways made worse by the fact that he was unconcerned enough about it to say it in front of a camera crew — the apology itself is solid.

As TIME’s Katy Steinmetz reported last month, when Donald Sterling was the celebrity-apology story of the moment, there are a few points that experts look for when assessing whether an apology is forgiveness-worthy, a no-go or just plain weird. You can read Bieber’s whole statement over at The Hollywood Reporter, but here are the points that make it pass muster:

  1. Bieber states what he did wrong and admits that it’s wrong: “I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”
  2. He says he’s sorry and owns the mistake, rather than using cop-outs like refusing to take responsibility (“mistakes were made”) or placing blame for being offended on those who are (“sorry if you’re offended”): “I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake.”
  3. He explains why the error is not one that he’ll make again, along with his hopes that his apology will help others do a better job of not making the same mistakes: “I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future.”

His only potential misstep comes with mentions of his age at the time, which can get a little close to making excuses or implying that the mistake was less bad than it seems. But, as a bonus, Bieber’s apology manages to fold in a nod to the deeper problem at hand, “the power of certain words and how they can hurt.” There’s no “I didn’t mean anything by it,” and he acknowledges that, even if he doesn’t think his joke was expressing a real racist sentiment, he was still participating in a larger history of racism. Even though he characterizes telling the joke as a “mistake,” he’s not saying that he accidentally spoke words he didn’t mean to say but that he didn’t understand what the words he said on purpose really meant.

So, kudos to Justin Bieber, or at least to whichever member of his entourage crafted the statement. But then again, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised: it was less than two months ago that he got some practice, apologizing for visiting a contentious shrine to Japan’s war dead.

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15-Year-Old Justin Bieber Tells Racist Joke in Resurfaced Video

A 15-year-old Bieber made a racist joke in a clip from his Never Say Never days

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Justin Bieber probably should have listened to whoever told him, “Don’t even say it.”

The 20-year-old singer has issued a statement of public apology to the Associated Press for a racist joke he told five years ago, seen in a recently surfaced clip published on the website of British tabloid the Sun.

In the clip, a then 15-year-old Bieber repeats the N-word several times as part of a crude punch line, while laughing, despite protests from his team.

Bieber’s camp knew about the existence of the footage and was willing to pay to keep it from surfacing, the Sun reported.

Though “Spoiled Teenager Says Regrettable, Dumb Thing” could be an Onion headline at this point, TMZ — which claims it had the clip years ago but declined to post it because of Bieber’s age and his subsequent admission of stupidity (not included in the clip) — initially reported that Bieber was “frustrated and sad” by the turn of events.

In the apology Sunday, “Bieber said when he was a kid he didn’t realize how certain words could hurt. He says he learned from his mistakes and apologized for them, and now is apologizing again because they have become public,” the AP said.

The video was reportedly recorded during the making of the performer’s 2011 concert documentary, Never Say Never.

[TMZ]

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Bieber Denies Stealing Phone, Says Fan Harassed Him at Batting Cages

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Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage in Helsinki on April 26, 2013 Reuters

Police in Los Angeles are looking for more information as they continue an investigation of Justin Bieber for a fan's claim of attempted robbery, but whether the Canadian singer ripped a cell phone out of an aggressive fan's hand or "stole" it is not yet clear

New details emerged on Wednesday surrounding allegations that Justin Bieber tried to steal a female fan’s phone at a Los Angeles family-fun center earlier this week.

The “Believe” singer’s attorney Howard Weitzman told the Associated Press that a fan approached the pop star on Monday night and was trying to take photographs while he was hitting baseballs in a batting cage.

Weitzman said his 20-year-old client asked the fan to refrain from bothering him, and employees at the park later confirmed that the woman was being aggressive.

“I would think this would fade away, given the facts here,” said Weitzman, according to the Associated Press.

However, allegations reached police that Bieber ripped the phone out of the woman’s hand and started screaming at onlookers.

Law-enforcement officers have interviewed the fan in question, and there are no reports that Bieber has been detained over the incident. Authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“The case remains under investigation, with detectives conducting numerous interviews,” LAPD said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Justin Bieber is Being Investigated for Attempted Robbery

Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles. Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Authorities in Los Angeles are investigating an attempted robbery claim levied against Canadian singer Justin Bieber, whose run-ins with the law frequently make international headlines, over an allegation that he attempted to steal a cell phone

Beliebe it or not, but Canadian pop star turned bad boy Justin Bieber appears to be enmeshed in another brush with the law.

The LAPD is investigating an allegation that the singer attempted to steal a mobile phone in the Los Angeles area on Monday, according to MSN.

Police confirm that they have interviewed the victim of the alleged incident; however, Bieber has so far not been taken in for questioning.

Monday’s episode is just the latest in a long string of scrapes with law enforcement Beiber has been involved in during the past year.

In February, the pop sensation was charged with assaulting a driver in Toronto and is set to appear in a Miami court this summer on charges of driving under the influence.

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