So it should come as no surprise that even as news spread that police raided Bieber’s home in Calabasas, California, after his next-door neighbor said he caused $20,000 in damage after egging his home, his loyal band of fans were quick to defend him.
Using hashtags like #WeAreWithYouJustin, fans like @stratforsbxtch and @biebernapkins took to Twitter to show their support. And even after Bieber’s friend Lil Za was reportedly arrested for drug possession, those like @winsbieber promised they will “never stop defending” him.
I'll always stay by Justin's side
— (@stratfordsbxtch) January 14, 2014
Real beliebers will stay forever
— justin saw me (@BieberBlondieDK) January 14, 2014
They can talk about him, criticize him, judge him, dislike him, but they can't walk away without respecting him #WeAreWithYouJustin
— (@biebernapkins) January 14, 2014
OUR FANBASE IS SO STRONG AND SUPPORTIVE WE WILL NEVER STOP DEFENDING JUSTIN GUYS YOU ARE THE BEST
— V (@winsbieber) January 14, 2014
IM JUST HAPPY JUSTIN HAD NO CONNECTION WITH THE DRUGS
— q u e e n (@TheBiebsStyles) January 14, 2014
the cops are always overreacting when it comes to Justin !!
— WE ARE HERE JUSTIN (@KidSexyyRauhl) January 14, 2014
If Justin egged my house id be honoured
— THANK YOU JUSTIN (@torontobieberr) January 14, 2014
Justin's neighbors should be grateful that they even live next to him
— justin pls follow me (@JiebersUniverse) January 14, 2014
Even a few high profile Belieber’s chimed in to defend the singer on social media. And like most of the world, they too were wondering why exactly an egging was grounds for a police raid.
You play you pay but really who gets arrested for throwing a bloody egg! #Hollyweird
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) January 14, 2014
So apparently police are searching a house after someone threw eggs … What are they searching for? Chickens?
— Nathan Sykes (@NathanTheWanted) January 14, 2014
For the record, during a press conference following the search, Lt. Dave Thompson clarified that because the damages were more than $400, the egging was hardly a misdemeanor.
“It’s a felony crime; I get that it was done with eggs, which makes you feel that it’s a lower-level crime, but a felony crime is a felony crime, no matter how you commit it,” Thompson said on Tuesday. “And this crime rose to the felony section, and a judge signed a search warrant saying we should go get evidence related to the felony crime.”
While police were searching the premises, they discovered a white, powdery substance — reportedly either cocaine or Molly, a form of ecstacy — “in plain view.” Bieber was not connected to the drugs and Lil Za’s bail has been set at $20,000.
The ongoing investigation will no doubt prompt late night comedy fodder in the coming days. In fact, Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t resist tweeting his thoughts on the matter.
Do you think Justin Bieber wakes up in the morning and asks himself “How can I make my manager’s life a living hell today?” #egging
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) January 14, 2014