In the Miami courtroom, the Canadian baby-faced singer, Justin Bieber, plead guilty to resisting arrest and to careless driving yesterday. His lawyers also agreed that Bieber would face possible INS hearings, up to and including deportation. Bieber will also pay a $500 fine and court costs, take 12 hours of anger management, and be required to spend time with people whose lives were affected by drunk drivers. The charge of Driving without a license was also dropped.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stated that the reason for the first stop was to curtail "rash, juvenile-type conduct before a tragedy occurred." Referring to the anger management and requirement to meet with drunk driving victims, Miss Fernandez Rundle said, "The intervention and counseling parts of the plea should provide a pathway toward adult responsibility."
Bieber recently reached another plea deal, in California, stemming from an incident where he was charged with egging a neighbors house near his Calabasas home. Bieber agreed to two years probation, an $80,000 fine, and complete five days of community service, as well as court-ordered anger management from that case. Bieber also got into a scuffle with actor Orlando Bloom at the end of July over Bloom's ex-wife Miranda Kerr ... the trouble never seems to end.
The troubles maybe chalked up to youthful indiscretions, but as court case after court case piles up, Bieber has apparently already wasted much of his goodwill with fans. Losing his squeaky-clean image might be more fun, but it is becoming costly, and may even be a risk to his ability to perform in the US, which at this point seems an enviable outcome.