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Justin Bieber Slapped on Wrist for Paparazzi Assault; U.S. Visa Likely Safe

Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a sweetheart deal that frees him of assault and reckless driving charges in Canada. (Photo: Getty)

Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a sweetheart deal that frees him of assault and reckless driving charges in Canada. (Photo: Getty)

Justin Bieber pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges today (June 4) for an incident in Canada and didn’t even have to make a court appearance. He showed up instead on video for a slap on the wrist from the judge. Apparently, celebrity does have its privileges.

Although the charges were reduced, any conviction could come back to haunt the singer, since he’s working in the United States on a visa.

A criminal conviction could be grounds to revoke his permit to work, although the charges don’t appear serious enough to warrant a review of his status.

Bieber, who’s been on a good boy kick, ever since his recording career crashed and burned, paid a $750 fine for the careless driving charge. The assault charge was dismissed.

The plea was part of a bargain between Bieber’s defense lawyer Brian Greenspan and prosecutors. The original dangerous driving charge – a criminal felony – was reduced to careless driving, the equivalent of a traffic ticket, according to the Toronto Sun newspaper.

The charges resulted from a scuffle with a paparazzi near his hometown of Stratford last August, according to the newspaper.

The incident began ahead of the Labor Day weekend when Bieber and ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez were riding ATV’s near his father’s home. They collided with a minivan driven by a photographer, who was attempting to photograph them together.

Bieber reportedly cooperated with the investigation so the issue could be “quickly resolved,” according to his attorney. No word on whether the photographer received some sort of settlement.

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