Justin Bieber is a pro at speeding to the top of the charts, but his neighbors are taking issue with the singer’s speeding through the streets of his gated Southern California community.
Former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson is speaking out against Bieber, who reportedly sped through 25-mph zone at highway speeds on Monday night (May 27), according to the L.A. Times. Johnson is one of two witnesses who say they saw Bieber driving his Ferrari through the residential Calabasas, Calif. neighborhood, however the newspaper reports that Bieber’s camp denies that the singer was behind the wheel.
According to the newspaper, Johnson says he was with his three-year-old daughter in the driveway of his home when he saw Bieber zoom past. Other sources, however, cite the athlete as being on his way home from a party when he witnessed Bieber driving at “breakneck speeds.” Either way, Johnson followed Bieber to his nearby home, where he saw the singer backing the car into his garage. Johnson attempted to confront the singer about his dangerous driving, however authorities confirm that Bieber went into his home without speaking to anyone.
The L.A. Times reports that someone in Bieber’s crew threatened to call the cops on Johnson, who agreed, “Call the cops.”
Bieber reportedly refused to speak to the sheriff deputies who arrived at the scene, and has not released an official statement. A source allegedly familiar with the case told the newspaper that Bieber was not the one driving the car down the street, and only backed it into the garage.
Fellow Calabases NFL player Eric Dickerson took to Twitter Tuesday (May 28) in support of Johnson’s claims, where he called out the pop star for his reckless behavior.
I live in Calabasas too and @justinbieber needs to slow his ass down.
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) May 28, 2013
Bieber’s mentor Usher appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday morning (May 29), where he did some damage control and defended the “All Around the World” singer. The R&B crooner explained that it can be hard to grow up and make mistakes in the spotlight, adding, “we hope that…he will continue to just mature.”
“In this days’ age of social media, there’s no privacy, and that kind of trial-and-elimination period is kind of done in front of a camera,” Usher said on the show. “It’s been done and many, many other celebrities are a product of it and some come out bad and some come out good, and I’m hoping for the best.
Authorities are reportedly considering the reckless-driving charge a misdemeanor, with investigators expected to present their case to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office in the next two weeks.
The singer is already facing possible charges, including jail time, for battery in a similar incident, in which he spit on a neighbor who complained about his speeding.
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com