Justin Bieber just might end up in hot water. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department first opened an investigation into the singer in March after Bieber got into a fight with his L.A. neighbor . The case has now been sent to the D.A. with a recommendation that prosecutors charge the 19-year-old with battery.
During a break from his Believe world tour, Bieber got into an argument with a Calabasas neighbor who complained that the pop star was recklessly driving a brand-new Ferrari that had just been delivered to the house. The neighbor, a 47-year-old father, then approached the singer and the interaction quickly became heated, including accusations that Justin had spit on the man, according to reports.
Officials aren’t seeking jail time for the Believe singer, TMZ reports, but suggested he get counseling, noting that this is the same recommendation the Sheriff’s office would make for any first-time offenders.
As for Bieber’s recent spate of ups and downs, manager Scooter Braun opened up to MTV News about them last month, just before Swedish police reportedly found marijuana on a tour bus belonging to the singer.
“He’s incredibly busy, and I just left the road to come here,” Braun told us at the Time 100 event in New York City. “And he’s in a really good place and he’s just onstage and then he just goes back home, literally, writes songs, hangs out. He’s just a normal kid having a good time and, you know, I think a lot of people have been taking shots lately. But I think he’ll overcome that and, long-term, people will see what it is and he’ll express himself in the music.”
Bieber is still on tour with shows on his Believe trek scheduled through the end of August. Currently, he has a few days off in South Africa before he takes the stage in Johannesburg on May 12 after playing Cape Town on May 8 (Wednesday). While on the road Justin has been working on new music, too, writing in what have been dubbed his “music journals.”