From a high-speed chase to a physical altercation, Bieber has let the paparazzi “get the best of him” before. Here’s a look at his previous dustups:
Friday’s incident didn’t come to blows, but last year, Bieber was investigated for criminal battery . A photographer pressed charges after an alleged physical altercation broke out at a mall in Calabasas, California, where the singer lives. The camera man complained of pain in his upper torso and was actually taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Then there was the time Bieber zoomed down the highway attempting to flee photographers, flying right by an irate L.A. city councilman. Justin was cited by police for driving 80 mph, but the politician said it was more like 100 mph.
“Bieber was driving like a maniac,” Dennis Zine said at the time. “He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane … If I was on patrol, I would have arrested him for reckless driving. I was going 60 and he drove by me like he was in a rocket ship. He was a maniac.” Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun said even after the singer’s car was pulled over, paparazzi resumed their chase and the star had to call the police for help.The show goes on after Bieber collapses at London concert.
Though Justin wasn’t directly involved with this one, on New Year’s Day, a photographer was killed after taking a picture of a Ferrari he thought Bieber was sitting in. The singer wasn’t even in the vehicle, and an SUV struck the photog as he walked across a busy Los Angeles street to return to his vehicle. The incident highlighted the dangerous lengths some paparazzi will go to get a shot of stars.
“Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves,” Bieber said in a statement after the incident.
Bieber promised to use the adrenaline from Friday’s showdown to give his London fans an amazing show on the fourth straight night of his Believe Tour at the O2 arena. After leaving the stage, he tweeted, “The press made things look nuts but really I have enjoyed London.”
We’re sure this one is to be continued …
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