Justin Bieber Pleads Guilty to Assault and Careless Driving in Paparazzo Altercation

The 'Boyfriend' singer dodges a more serious dangerous driving charge and a criminal conviction as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

AceShowbiz - %cJustin Bieber% entered a guilty plea to assault and careless driving charges stemming from an altercation with a photographer in his home country of Canada last year. He appeared via video in a Stratford, Ontario courtroom during the hearing.

The 21-year-old singer was originally charged with dangerous driving but it was reduced to careless driving as part of a plea deal with local prosecutors. He was ordered to play a $750 fine for careless driving and received an absolute discharge on an assault conviction.

Bieber was riding an All Terrain Vehicle with then-girlfriend %cSelena Gomez% during a "peaceful retreat" during a Labor Day weekend when shutterbugs disrupted him. His vehicle collided with the car driven by a paparazzo and they were involved in a scuffle.

During the court date, Justice Kathryn McKerlie of the Stratford Court of Justice told Bieber, "The lesson in all of this is to think before you act in the future."

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