Justin Bieber‘s latest legal woes may have something to do with the paparazzi, according to the pop star’s attorneys.
Bieber is facing new charges after he was arrested near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, on Friday for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV. Justin, who was photographed over the weekend riding an ATV with his apparently on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez, reportedly got into a fight with the driver of the minivan.
“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi,” Justin’s lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, said in a statement to MTV News. “This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
Justin, 20, went to the Ontario Provincial Police department and was arrested; he was later released and scheduled to appear in court on September 29.
The “Confident” singer’s other lawyer, Roy Black, also echoed Greenspan’s statement regarding the paparazzi’s role in the singer’s latest legal troubles when he released a statement to MTV News.
“Justin like many celebrities are continually harassed by the paparazzi. Their privacy is shredded and these incidents can become dangerous. While the public is not particularly sympathic they must realize how difficult these cameramen make their lives. So I am not surprised there is a conflict. It happens quite often and as long as the paparazzi are highly paid for their photographs they will continue. This is one reason I would not agree to probation.”
Black also added, “The latest matter will not affect his Miami case since it is closed and he is not on probation.”
Seven months after his arrest in Miami, Justin recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of carless driving and resisting arrest in a deal with prosecutors that will spare him jail time. He was also given two years’ probation, community service and forced to enroll in anger management courses after being charged with misdemeanor vandalism for the alleged egging of a neighbor’s house.