Justin Bieber speeding case: City attorney considering charges against paparazzo
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Attorney is considering whether to file charges against a paparazzo in connection with a speeding incident involving pop singer Justin Bieber.
Bieber, driving his $100,000-plus chrome-plated Fisker Karma, was pulled over for speeding in Studio City on July 6.
L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine called police after spotting Bieber with a group of paparazzi following him "going close to 100 mph" and weaving through traffic on the 101 Freeway near Coldwater Canyon around 10:30 a.m.
"When it passed me, it had to be going close to 100 mph. Every time when there was a little space, it would make a lane change, then there were all these cars following," said Zine. "I was anticipating that someone would ultimately crash because they couldn't continue. They were driving on the right shoulder, passing cars on the right shoulder. It was chaos."
California Highway Patrol officers pulled Bieber off the freeway at Vineland and cited him for driving over 65 miles per hour. Bieber said he was being chased by paparazzi and filed a harassment complaint.
The CHP said moments after the incident, Bieber called 911 to say that he was once again being followed by the paparazzi.
The city attorney's office tells Eyewitness News it has gotten a report from the California Highway Patrol and is reviewing the case.
According to the city attorney's office, the photographer could be charged under a new anti-paparazzi law that prohibits photographers from endangering the public, but no decision has yet been made.
Bieber has filed a harassment complaint against one of the paparazzi who chased him down in the incident.
Bieber's lawsuit against the paparazzo claims the photographer was an extremely aggressive driver and put several lives in danger.
This isn't the first paparazzi problem for the 18-year-old pop sensation. On May 27, he got into a physical altercation with a photographer at The Commons in Calabasas. L.A. prosecutors told ABC News they are still deciding whether to file charges against Bieber in the May incident.
Bieber has also been pulled over several times for traffic infractions, including speeding and making an illegal U-turn from the middle lane.
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