Justin Bieber has finally resolved legal issues stemming back to a 2014 incident with paparazzi, for which he was fined $750. The Canadian pop star was charged with assault and careless driving after an ATV he was operating collided with a minivan near his home in Stratford, Ont.
After pleading guilty to the charges (via a video link) on Thursday (June 4), Justin was ordered to pay the fine for careless driving and avoided a criminal conviction on his record. “That brings to an end the incidents of Aug. 29, 2014 that led to the charges relating to the photographers in Stratford,” Justin’s lawyer Brian Greenspan told The Canadian Press.
The 21-year-old was visiting his hometown in 2014 when he took then-girlfriend Selena Gomez for a ride on his off-road vehicle. After spotting photographers taking pictures of the pair, Justin confronted one of the alleged paparazzi and tried to grab his camera. An altercation ensued which lead to the now-settled charges. The photographers were later fined for trespassing.
This is the latest step in Justin’s plan to right his past wrongs (which include numerous incidents of bad behaviour and tussles with the law) and move forward in both his personal and professional life. In a heartfelt video message posted in January, the ‘Baby’ singer told fans, “I'm passionate about being better and growing, so I think that this is going to be an awesome chapter in my life and I'm so glad that I have you guys supporting me.”
So it’s back to the studio for the five-time Juno winner to work on a follow-up to his 2013 album,Journals. His ‘Beliebers’ were thrilled to see him perform in March at KISS FM’s Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles, his first full stage performance since 2013. There he told KISS FM DJs that, “I’m just happy with the place I’m at creatively. I feel like this is probably the best I’ve been,” and that his upcoming album features, “uplifting music that people can dance to. People are going to smile when they listen to it.”