The Justin Bieber battery story draws real blood today as it’s alleged that the singer spat at his male neighbor during an altercation at his Calabasas, Calif., home on Tuesday morning.
The wife of the man alleging assault has backed up her husband’s version of events that the argument stemmed from the 19-year-old racing his Ferrari in the gated “The oaks” neighborhood, telling KTLA News that Bieber was “just being a punk.”
“He was speeding through the neighborhood, driving erratically, like he was on a racetrack. We have families here. No sidewalks. This behavior is totally unacceptable…. My husband went up to him to have a civil conversation. But apparently Justin Bieber had a hard time being told to slow down.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore has said deputies arrived on [the Prado Del Grandioso] in Calabasas, where both Bieber and the accuser live at 9:08 am on Tuesday, in response to a report of battery and threats allegedly made by the singer against a neighbor.
No arrests were made and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident. Few details have been released by police but Whitmore confirmed Tuesday that the alleged battery did not involve “physical touching.”
However, under California law a misdemeanor battery charge can include any unwanted physical contact, including spitting — and this is where the alleged battery component of the story may arise.
According to TMZ, the accusing neighbor told sheriff’s deputies that Bieber spit in his face and threatened to kill him after he told the singer he was driving his Ferrari recklessly.
It’s alleged that other neighbors have corroborated the neighbor’s claim that Bieber drove the Ferrari at close to 100 mph in the residential street early on Tuesday morning after it was delivered to the teen idol’s home at around 08:00 am.
The neighbor — reportedly a 47-year-old businessman and father-of-three — went to Bieber’s property and allegedly screamed, “You can’t drive like this!”
The neighbor told authorities that the singer responded by saying: “Get the f**k out of here,” before spitting in the neighbor’s face and threatening, “I’m gonna f**king kill you,” TMZ reports.
In what is a rapidly developing story, sheriff’s spokesman Whitmore has now confirmed that: “The neighbor has complained Mr. Bieber spit on him and made some threats. Mr. Bieber’s people say that it did not happen. Obviously, our detectives will determine what happened and take appropriate action.”
Whitmore said his department is aware of the reckless driving claims but noted the allegations may involve people staying at Bieber’s home and may not have been committed by the singer himself.
Yesterday, it was reported that ‘sources’ connected to Bieber’s security team said the neighbor “went nuclear” over parties that were allegedly thrown by friends of the pop star while he was away on his Believe world tour in Europe.
The ‘sources’ insist Bieber and the neighbor “exchanged words and Justin went inside. Security spoke with the neighbor. The police were called but there was no physical altercation.”
This latest alleged drama is a significant escalation in a laundry list of fraught incidents either involving or surrounding Bieber — notably the singer’s “rough week” in London — and the extensive media coverage that continues.
Before this alleged incident arose, the Canadian was pictured walking shirtless through a security point at Wladyslaw Reymont Airport in Lodz, Poland on Monday before boarding a private jet.
The Believe world tour moves on to the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on March 28.
As yet there has been no comment from Bieber’s representative Melissa Victor on the battery and threat allegation.