Bieber A “No Show” At Miami Court Hearing
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pop singer and sometimes bad boy Justin Bieber was a “no show” at the Grammys on Sunday night.
He’s was also “no show” at a court hearing in Miami on Monday concerning his arrest last Thursday on Miami Beach. The hearing was reset.
After leaving town Friday night, Bieber was spotted over the weekend in Panama. According to the celeb site TMZ.com, the Bieb’s mentor Usher flew down to Panama to have a serious talk with him on the heels of his arrest. Also present were Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and his childhood friend Ryan Butler, according to the website. They were apparently trying to talk him into going to rehab.
CBS4 reporter Maggie Newland was first to show the world the surveillance video that captured Bieber’s alleged race with rap artist and friend Khalil Sharieff down Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach.
Moments before Justin Bieber was arrested, the home surveillance video showed a yellow Lamborghini traveling down Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach with a black Cadillac Escalade next to it.
Just behind, a red Ferrari followed by another black Cadillac Escalade and five seconds later, a Miami Beach police car. Police said Justin Bieber was behind the wheel of a yellow Lamborghini drag racing his friend and fellow recording artist Khalil Sharieff in the red Ferrari.
About 4 o’clock Thursday morning, Bieber’s entourage in black Escalades allegedly blocked traffic for the race.
Bieber was accused of DUI, driving with an expired license, and resisting arrest. Police said he admitted smoking marijuana, taking prescription drugs and drinking alcohol before speeding between 55-60 miles per hour down Pine Tree Drive where the posted speed limit is 30.
CLICK HERE to read the Arrest Affidavit from Miami Beach Police
As a result of the charges, Bieber could automatically lose his license for a year and he could face a fine up to $1000 and 50 hours of community service. The ramifications for his career are less clear. There have been plenty of music stars who have been entwined in far more serious legal trouble or scandal, and have rebounded thanks to the power of a hit single and/or an image makeover.
“I don’t know Justin and I don’t know what he’s involved in. All I know is if drugs are involved and I hope they are not, they’re lethal,” music mogul Clive Davis said in an interview Thursday after Bieber’s arrest. “He’s a young man with strong talent that has really found an audience, so I’m sure we wish him well.”