Justin Bieber was reportedly reprimanded at an Australian airport last month for allegedly insulting a customs officer while his crew were detained on suspicion of drug offenses, a new report claims.
On November 24, the Canadian singer arrived at Brisbane International Airport from New Zealand where he had just performed as part of his Believe world tour.
Bieber and his group were stopped by the Australian Federal Police officers (AFP) after two dogs sniffed their luggage and allegedly successfully found cannabis in one of the crew’s belongings, an AFP spokeswoman confirmed to the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
The unnamed 23-year-old crew member has been ordered to appear in court to answer a charge of importing a border-controlled drug – named as cannabis – into the country.
The AFP spokeswoman also revealed a 19-year-old male, subsequently identified as Bieber, was given a verbal warning following a conversation with a female customs officer.
The newspaper reports the singer allegedly refused to remove his hat and sunglasses during an inspection after he was ordered to do so by the same officer. It’s alleged Justin made an insulting remark to her, which allegedly prompted police to threaten him with arrest.
The “All That Matters” singer was reportedly detained at the airport, along with his crew, for about two hours and later released without charge.
This latest incident comes after criticism of delays at Bieber’s Australian shows by some reviewers.
The singer also came under heavy fire from Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate after he spray-painted a graffiti tableau on a wall at his Queensland hotel last month.
However, the QT Hotel confirmed they gave Justin permission to graffiti their property.
During Bieber’s Australia trip it was reported that one of his bodyguards forcibly took a member of the public’s cell phone and erased photos of the singer taken at Byron Beach.
A Sydney paparazzo also filmed an apparent attack by one of the singer’s security kicking his car.
The lensman also alleges his car tires were knifed.
Justin is set to wrap his definition-defying Believe tour on December 8 in Perth.