Justin Bieber escaped a felony charge Wednesday in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom, instead accepting a plea deal that keeps him out of jail and for now avoids deportation. Justin, 20, must pay $80,900 in restitution for damage caused to his former Calabasas neighbor's mansion by eggs he threw. Bieber also received two years probation, must attend 12 weeks of anger management classes and perform five days of community labor.
The Canadian pop star plead no contest to settle a vandalism charge that could have seen him charged with a felony, according to CNN on July 9. The probation will be supervised until he completes the 12 weekly anger management sessions, works the five days of community labor and pays the restitution.
The sentence also requires Bieber to stay at least 100 yards way from the victim's family. Justin's rep issued a written statement saying that the singer is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him, and that he will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music.
One interesting instruction from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Leland Harris was that Bieber must let his probation officer know if he is deported or otherwise leaves the country. Perhaps deportation is still a possibility given that apparently Justin still faces DUI charges in Miami, although a source close to that situation says talks are also under way to reach a plea deal to avoid a trial in that case.
Bieber threw eggs and some other unidentified items at auto mogul Jeffrey Schwartz's mansion back on Jan. 9, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage to the property, according to CBS Los Angeles. But the judge in the case estimated the damage at a much heftier price of over $80 grand.
Justin did not actually appear in court Wednesday. Instead he opted to let his attorney Shawn Holley, famous for her representation of bad girl Lindsay Lohan, to accept the plea deal on his behalf.
Bieber was a frequent irritant in the Calabasas neighborhood, with cops called multiple times for loud parties and reckless driving on the street. He has since sold the home to Khloe Kardashian.
In filing the misdemeanor charge, Assistant District Attorney Alan Yochelson told the judge that while the egging damage to Bieber's neighbor's house was substantial, he didn't think it rose to the level of a felony. Yochelson called it "an extremely immature and silly act."