After a long run of negative press, it looks like Justin Bieber’s luck has changed. Not only has he made music history, but he beat the hit and run charge against him. All this good news may just signal a more positive image for the young pop star.
The Recording Industry Association of America’s Gold and Platinum Program have awarded the 19 year-old singer with Diamond status for one of his early songs, Baby, which made platinum a staggering 12 times. The RIAA announced the award on their Twitter account and also pointed out that Bieber’s song was the top digital single, counting sales and streams, ever.
Justin was given the award in the middle of his Newark New Jersey concert by his manager Scooter Braun. His fans were very pleased and excited to be part of “history” and Scooter gave the young popstar a hug.
Bieber followed the RIAA’s lead and got onto his Twitter account and tweeted, “Amazing night and honored. So much more to do. I love my #Beliebers. Thank u!!”
But Bieber has another reason to be happy. He not only made music history by having the top digital single of all time, but he beat his hit and run charge.
On Wednesday in Los Angeles, the Bieber was cleared Wednesday by the LA County District Attorney’s Office of allegedly striking a paparazzi with his car outside the Los Angeles comedy club The Laugh Factory on June 17 this year.
The question of whether or not Justin knew that he’d hit photographer Damon Walter or even if he’d done so on purpose was the issue. It had been alleged that Bieber hit the paparazzi shutterbug while he’d been behind the wheel of his Ferrari that night and then just drove off.
Prosecutors said that Bieber drove through a “clear path” when Walter, “suddenly stepped in front of” the Ferrari. When the photographer stepped in front of the car, he was struck on his leg and actually pinned up between the popstar’s car and another parked vehicle.
Walter then dropped his camera on the hood of the car as he fell to the ground. He went to a local hospital and had some minor scrapes on his legs treated. He was not admitted as a patient and was released after treatment.
Police officers who were at the scene of the accident stated that the paparazzi photographer was in the wrong and that he’d stepped in front of the car. The officers said in the court papers that Walter was, “at fault in the collision due to being in the roadway and blocking Bieber’s vehicle.”
Bieber’s legal representative testified that his client had no idea that he’d hit Walter and prosecutors agreed that evidence supported Bieber’s claim and that the testimony was “reasonable and credible.”
The court document also stated that, “There were over a dozen paparazzi surrounding his car and on the sidewalk, and it was noisy with camera flashes and bright lights surrounding him. Given the scene and the stress of the situation, it is likely that Bieber did not know he had hit Walter.”
With Justin Bieber making music history and beating his hit and run charge, it looks like the star might just be ending his run of bad luck and bad press.
By Michael Smith