Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving in connection with an incident near his hometown of Stratford, Ont. last year.
Global News reporter Joseph Peplinski tweeted Thursday that the singer was guilty of assault and careless driving, while a charge of dangerous driving was dropped.
BREAKING: Justin Bieber guilty of assault and careless driving with Selena Gomez in Stratford, Ontario, court. Dangerous driving dropped.— Joseph Peplinski (@JosephPeplinski) June 4, 2015
National Post reporter Joseph Brean said Bieber faces an absolute discharge for the assault, and a $750 fine for careless driving.
Bieber is here by video link, standing politely with his hands folded, wearing white dress shirt, in front of two dreary paintings.— Joseph Brean (@JosephBrean) June 4, 2015
He had no criminal record anywhere at the time of his crimes, although evidently there have been subsequent events in LA.— Joseph Brean (@JosephBrean) June 4, 2015
Assault conviction comes with a general victim surcharge. But his victim, a paparazzo, is twice his size and ably defended the blows.— Joseph Brean (@JosephBrean) June 4, 2015
The judge overseeing Bieber's hearing said, "The lesson in all of this is to think before you act in the future," Brean tweeted.
The charges stem from an incident that took place in the Township of Perth East on Labour Day weekend.
Ontario Provincial Police charged Bieber with assault and dangerous driving after officers responded to an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a minivan.
The ATV driver and occupant in the minivan later "engaged in a physical altercation."
It happened while Bieber and on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez were taking a "peaceful retreat" in the area before they were interrupted by paparazzi, his lawyer said in August.
In a separate incident, Bieber is defending himself in a lawsuit by a limousine driver who claims the singer assaulted him.
Bieber's lawyers have argued the lawsuit should be dismissed.
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