In an unexpected turn of events, teen pop sensation turned juvenile delinquent Justin Bieber has rejected a plea deal offered to him by the Florida State Attorney this week that would drop his two charges of driving under the influence and resisting officers. The terms of the plea deal stated that if the singer committed to doing 40 hours of community service and submitted to random drug testing, along with some additional, minor stipulations, his charges would be dropped. However, Bieber has refused to commit to the random drug testing, and is about to reject the plea deal, according to sources close to the singer. The singer’s reason for doing so is supposedly because he is afraid that he would constantly be at risk for probation.
Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach roughly a month ago, in January, for drag racing while under the influence and resisting the officers who subsequently arrested him. The singer had allegedly been heavy into drinking and partying in the months prior to his arrest, along with experimenting with recreational drugs, including marijuana and ‘sizzurp,’ prescription cough syrup with codeine and promethazine mixed with citrus pop and often a jolly rancher.
Prosecutors, as a part of Bieber’s plea deal, offered the singer a bargain of community service and random drug testing, in addition to attending an alcohol education course and also going to a panel to listen to the stories of families and friends of victims of DUI drivers. The singer would have also been mandated to have an ignition interlock device in the vehicle he drove for the next three months had he decided to accept the terms of the plea bargain.
The stipulations of the Florida State Attorney’s plea deal for Bieber also mandated that, in accordance with the random drug testing, the pop singer would have to submit his travel and tour plans and schedule to the court until his period of drug testing was over. Reportedly, however, Bieber is rejecting the plea deal and refusing to commit to the random drug testing because he feels that the drug testing, along with some of the other stipulations of the bargain, will make a big spectacle and scene.
Clearly Bieber has a lot on his plate at the moment, as the 19-year-old singer has recently faced dealing with incriminating videos of himself that have been released by the Florida police of him getting a pat down in a police station and also of him urinating in inappropriate places. His attorneys are working hard to keep the video from being released by the court, because it shows inappropriate footage of the young pop star.
Bieber has also undoubtedly heard about the White House petition signed by thousands of people which requests that he be deported and sent back to Canada, which is where he was born. Founders and signers of the petition have backed it on the grounds that Bieber’s choices regarding drugs, drinking, driving, and inappropriate public displays are a negative influence on young American kids who watch his behavior and idolize him. In light of this, it remains to be seen how people will react to Bieber’s refusal to commit to random drug testing to compensate for his actions and his rejection of the plea deal for his charges in general.
By Laura Clark