Clive Davis has a few words for Justin Bieber.
The troubled pop star was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning (January 23) in Miami and charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving on an expired license. According to multiple reports, Bieber told officers that he’d had a few beers, smoked marijuana and taken a prescription anti-anxiety medicine in the hours before getting behind the wheel of his rented Lamborghini.
The situation struck a chord with music mogul Davis, who says he has never met Bieber nor does he have any association with Bieber, but did famously mentor the late Whitney Houston throughout the duration of her storied career.
“Sadly I’ve had to witness some great artists lose their life to the lethal power of drugs,” he told MTV News. “As a principle, drugs are lethal. When you have talent that’s affected millions of people already, it’s just good to put it far away from you and never be involved with it.”
Houston lost her own life to a drug-related incident, just hours before she was set to attend Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party on February 11, 2012. The singer’s cause of death was ruled to be accidental drowning and the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.
Bieber’s arrest was the latest in a slew of recent troubles. Just last week, police raided the singer’s Calabasas home after he was accused of egging his neighbor’s home — a felony crime resulting in more than $20,000 worth of damage to the property. Bieber was said to have been cooperative during the raid, but his pal Lil Za was arrested on drug charges linked to a white, powdery substance that police officers allegedly found in Bieber’s home.