Pop star Justin Bieber has been photographed apparently drinking beer in a nightclub in breach of strict age-limit laws.
The Baby hitmaker, 20, headed to the popular Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood, California this week (ends20Jul14) with controversial singer Chris Brown and was snapped topless and clutching a bottle of lager as he chatted to a female reveller.
The legal age for drinking alcohol in the U.S. is 21, and editors at TMZ.com report officials at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are investigating whether the venue's owners have breached conditions of their licence. The nightclub is co-owned by actor David Arquette.
The incident is the latest scandal for Bieber - he is currently at the centre of a driving under the influence (DUI) case following his arrest in Miami, Florida in January (14), and he is also facing prosecution in his native Canada over claims he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13).
Justin Bieber's lawyer has been granted another three weeks to secure a plea deal with prosecutors in the pop superstar's Florida DUI case. The 20-year-old hitmaker was slapped with charges of resisting arrest and DUI in January (14) after he was accused of drag racing with a pal in Miami Beach.
The case was expected to go to trial this summer (14), but reports last month (Jun14) suggested the counts would be dropped if the singer completes an anger management course.
A brief hearing was held in a Miami court on Wednesday (16Jul14), when it was revealed a plea agreement had yet to be finalised.
Bieber's lawyer Mark Shapiro and Assistant State Attorney David Gilbert filed a joint motion asking for extra time to negotiate a deal, and the request was granted by Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield.
The two sides will meet in court again on 5 August (14). If a plea deal is not reached by that date, they will discuss plans to move to trial.
Bieber was not in court for the hearing.
The DUI case is just one of the singer's legal woes - he is also facing prosecution in Canada amid allegations he lashed out at a limousine driver in December (13), and earlier this week (begs14Jul14), he was ordered to sit for another deposition in an assault lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo in Miami following an altercation last summer (13).
Justin Bieber has been ordered to sit for another round of deposition questions as part of an assault lawsuit filed against the superstar by a photographer in Miami, Florida. Snapper Jeffrey Binion is seeking damages from the Baby hitmaker amid allegations he was choked by the singer's bodyguard, Hugh Hesney, and forced to delete images he had taken after Bieber took issue with being photographed outside a recording studio last summer (13).
The 20 year old sat for a four-and-a-half-hour deposition about the incident in March (14), but video footage which later emerged online showed the pop star behaving badly throughout the meeting, refusing to answer questions relating to his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez and even appearing to storm out of the session.
Binion's lawyer filed a court motion a week after the disastrous deposition, asking a judge to force Bieber to return to Miami to continue his testimony, and now the request has been granted.
According to TMZ.com, the pop star will have to answer all questions relating to the paparazzi and his relationship with Gomez, who had been present during other altercations between Bieber and the photographers who follow his every move.
A date for the new deposition has yet to be set.
Justin Bieber's rapper friend Lil Twist has been cleared in a DUI case stemming from last year (13) when he was arrested on suspicion of driving the pop star's car while under the influence of drugs. Lil Twist, real name Christopher Moore, was driving the Baby hitmaker's Fisker Karma en route to the star's mansion in Calabasas, California when cops pulled over the car for speeding.
The 22 year old was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, failing to stop at a red light and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
However, the DUI case has now been dropped by prosecutors, according to TMZ.com, with the website's editors suggesting the small amount of drugs in his system did not make him legally impaired.
He was reportedly given tickets for the other offences.
Bieber himself still faces a DUI case in Florida following his arrest in Miami Beach in January (14).
Justin Bieber has been ordered to serve five days of community service and undergo an anger management course after pleading no contest to an egging attack on his former neighbour's California home. The pop superstar was arraigned in court on Wednesday (09Jul14) on a charge of misdemeanour vandalism following the incident in January (14), when he reportedly hurled eggs at the property, which was located near his own pad in a gated neighbourhood in Calabasas.
The singer was not present for the hearing, but his lawyer entered the plea on his client's behalf.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Bieber was placed on two years' probation and given community service, while he was also sentenced to complete 12 weeks of anger counselling, with at least one class a week.
In addition, Bieber must pay his neighbour $80,900 (£47,588) in restitution and stay at least 100 yards away from the victim and his family, reports TMZ.com.
Police had initially estimated the damage to be worth $20,000 (£11,765), but the judge revealed the repairs to the "dream house" had cost more than four times as much.
Bieber moved out of the Calabasas mansion shortly after the egging incident and sold the property to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian in March (14).
Justin Bieber is facing a new legal woe after he was accused of leaving a paparazzo seriously injured following a reported hit-and-run in Los Angeles last year (13). Walter Lee is suing the 20 year old amid allegations he was struck by the singer's Ferrari as he walked on the Sunset Strip late on 17 June, 2013, pinning him against another car.
Bieber, who had just left the Laugh Factory comedy club with his pal Lil Twist, failed to notice he had allegedly sideswiped someone and drove off.
Police launched an investigation into the hit-and-run accusations, but subsequently cleared the pop superstar of any wrongdoing after determining the photographer had been at fault for being a pedestrian in the roadway.
However, Lee is refusing to let the case go and has now filed suit against Bieber for damages to cover the cost of his hospital stay and other medical bills. He claims his injuries were severe, leaving him with lacerations, haematomas and deep abrasions on his left leg, reports TMZ.com.
Bieber has yet to respond to the suit.
The news comes just a day after an Escalade the singer was a passenger in collided with a BMW in Beverly Hills on Tuesday (24Jun14), as his driver attempted to lose a paparazzo who had been following closely behind.
The singer is still facing two major legal issues relating to a DUI bust in Miami, Florida earlier this year (14) and an alleged assault on a limo driver in Toronto, Canada in December (13).
Justin Bieber is completely in the clear with regards to the cellphone snatching case hanging over him - Los Angeles City Attorney officials have rejected the case due to a lack of evidence. The District Attorney handed the matter over last week (12Jun14) after a police investigation failed to unearth information linking Bieber to an alleged felony theft.
And now the pop star won't be prosecuted at all, according to TMZ.com.
The mother of a fan claimed Bieber had attempted to take her cellphone from a handbag after catching her trying to take photos of him at an arcade in Sherman Oaks, California.
The Baby hitmaker is hoping for a double legal boost this week - Bieber is expected to learn if he'll be facing any charges for egging a neighbour's house during a dispute earlier this year (14) in the next couple of days.
Troubled stars Justin Bieber and Chris Brown have reunited in the studio to record a new track dedicated to their loyal fans. The embattled singers have each faced their own share of legal drama over the past year, and now they've come together to record a special song to thank their steadfast followers.
Bieber took to Instagram on Monday (16Jun14) and posted a photo of himself with the R&B singer, alongside a caption that read: "Studio, me and CB did 1 for the fans."
The two stars previously collaborated on the song Next 2 You on Brown's 2011 album F.A.M.E. Brown was released from jail on 2 June (14) after spending more than two months behind bars for violating a court order relating to his conviction for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Meanwhile, Bieber recently escaped felony prosecution in an alleged phone stealing case, but is still facing a handful of other legal woes including the alleged assault of a limousine driver in Toronto, Canada last year (13).
Justin Bieber has dodged another massive legal headache after working out a plea deal with prosecutors in his Florida DUI case, according to reports. The Baby singer was arrested after Miami Beach police officers allegedly caught him drag racing with a pal in January (14).
Bieber was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and a DUI, but it appears he won't be facing trial anymore. A source tells Us Weekly magazine that the charges against him will be dropped if he completes an anger management course.
It has been a lucky week for the 20 year old, who learned on Thursday (12Jun14) that a felony cellphone stealing charge against him had been passed to Los Angeles' City Attorney officials following an investigation into the May (14) incident. Bieber was accused of taking a cellphone from the handbag of a fan's mother after he caught her taking pictures of him at an arcade in Sherman Oaks, California.
The woman filed a police report but no witness actually spotted Bieber grabbing her phone. City Attorney officials will now determine if there's enough evidence to file a misdemeanour charge against the star.
Justin Bieber's tour assistant has been handed 12 months probation after pleading guilty to two charges of attempting to import border-controlled drugs into Australia. Terrence Reche Smalls made the plea by phone during a court hearing in Brisbane on Friday (13Jun14), and he was given a 12-month good behaviour bond.
He was told he will face a hefty fine if he breaches the deal.
Smalls was reportedly caught in possession of cannabis plant material and resin when he was stopped at an airport in Brisbane last year (Nov13), while on tour with Bieber and his entourage.
He initially claimed to have no knowledge of the drugs, but has since accepted responsibility for packing it in his luggage.
The news comes a day after Bieber learned a felony phone stealing charge against him has been passed back to the Los Angeles City Attorney after police officials failed to find evidence to take the matter further.
The singer was accused of taking a mother's cellphone after spotting her trying to take a photo of him during a visit to an amusement park in Sherman Oaks, California last month (May14).
Los Angeles police officials investigated the woman's allegations, and interviewed witnesses but no one saw the Baby singer grab her phone from her handbag - as she claimed.
As a result, District Attorney's officials have rejected felony prosecution and sent the case to the City Attorney.