Video footage shows Justin Bieber was not driving his Ferrari through his gated Calabasas, Los Angeles neighborhood on Memorial Day.
A video obtained by L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputies containing footage of the singer’s white Ferrari pulling up outside his Calabasas residence on May 27, shows that Tyler, The Creator, a 22-year-old rapper and friend of the pop star, was behind the wheel.
In the video, Bieber is reportedly shown closely following the Ferrari on his motorcycle.
Ex-NFL player Keyshawn Johnson, one of two witnesses claiming to have seen Bieber driving his Ferrari at high speeds, is then seen arriving at the teen star’s home about 30 seconds later.
At that point in the clip, Tyler is seen getting out of the Ferrari and Justin gets into the driver’s seat, in order to maneuver the low slung, luxury vehicle into his garage.
Despite Keyshawn’s Johnson emphatic insistence that he knew the “difference between a black kid driving a car and a white kid driving a car,” it seems he only saw Bieber behind the wheel of the Ferrari at the point when the 19-year-old was about to park it.
The video footage corroborates TMZ’s June 1 report, which stated:
“Keyshawn says he saw Justin behind the wheel of his Ferrari in the driveway of his gated community. We’re told 3 other witnesses also saw Justin behind the wheel.”
“Keyshawn tells TMZ … when he confronted Justin in his garage … Justin said he wasn’t driving during the wild ride and got into the driver’s seat in the driveway to park the car into the garage — which is a tricky maneuver in a low-riding vehicle.”
The Sheriff’s Department report on the case will shortly be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
According to TMZ’s sources, it is “highly unlikely” criminal charges will be filed.
L.A. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore has confirmed that the video exists.
He also confirmed TMZ’s report which stated that Bieber was closely following the Ferrari driven by Tyler, while on his motorcycle.
As IQ previously observed, the key questions in this investigation were always at what point in the journey the witnesses claimed to have seen Bieber driving and how clearly, given the speed they themselves claimed the Ferrari was traveling at.
Now, thanks to the video, those questions appear to have been answered. But it does beg the question: Having been tried and convicted already in the court of public opinion, would Bieber also have been in a real court without the video?
It’s a sobering note for a country that claims democracy, justice and liberty as its greatest triumphs.
@fucktyler all good buddy. i deal with this everyday. thanks though. the baby aint mine either.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 3, 2013
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