Did Justin Bieber get special treatment after driving 100mph, or is it the paparazzi’s fault?


As we heard over the weekend, 18 year-old Justin Bieber was pulled over by police on Friday for a very dangerous high-speed chase on the freeway. Justin was weaving in and out of traffic in his chrome sports car, and could have potentially caused a fatal accident. A total of 10 people called 911 on him, including a LA City Councilman and former cop who claims that Justin’s car had to be going well over 100 mph. Justin ended up getting a ticket for going 80 mph, which was a slap on the wrist compared to what anyone else driving like that would have experienced. His excuse was that he was being followed by paparazzi and had to evade them, as if the freeway was a giant video game.

TMZ is claiming that the paparazzi were partially to blame, because Justin was being chased and it was a potential “Princess Diana situation.” On TMZ Live, head Harvey Levin said that they’re hearing (from Justin’s camp, no doubt) that the 911 callers sided with Justin that he was being chased.

What we’re hearing now is that a lot of these people [who called 911] are siding with Justin Bieber. A lot of them saw this chase, and could see that some people were chasing this car. It was absolutely crazy.”

After Justin got back on the road after being pulled over, he placed another call personally to 911 to report that he was still being followed by paparazzi. He claimed his name was “Justin Johnson” and kept repeating that his car was a “Fiskar” when the 911 operator was like “what?” It never occurred to him to simply say it was a chrome car. (I’ve never heard of that kind of car either. You can listen to the 911 call from Justin here.) By calling 911, Justin was just following cops’ instructions about how to proceed if the paparazzi were still bothering him. Here’s TMZ’s claim that “law enforcement sources” are torn as to whether the chase was Justin’s fault:

Officials and deputies in the California Highway Patrol are deeply split over whether Justin Bieber should have received a citation for Friday’s wild, high-speed chase on the 101 Freeway in L.A. … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We have spoken with numerous people from the CHP, and the division is deep. Several high-ranking officials tell us … they would not have ticketed Bieber, who was clocked at 80 mph, because he was “the victim” of rogue paparazzi who were chasing him. One source said, “This was like a Princess Diana situation. It was not Bieber’s fault.”

And, of the ten 911 calls made during the initial chase, we’re told most of them mentioned that a sports car was being chased in police pursuit style.

But others in the Department strongly disagree, saying Bieber should have slowed down and even gotten off the Freeway. One source said, “It’s like rushing a woman to the hospital who’s about to give birth. You can’t endanger the lives of innocent people, and Bieber did.”

And, we’re told, even though the paparazzo who was the biggest offender is under investigation after Justin filed a formal complaint, it’s “unlikely” he’ll be prosecuted. One CHP source said, “It’s a misdemeanor committed outside the CHP’s presence and it’s a stretch the City Attorney will take the case.”

[From TMZ]

The thing is, Justin never should have driven like a maniac in the first place. I get that the paparazzi were chasing him, but he’s the one who chose to endanger people’s lives by trying to ditch the paparazzi instead of driving safely and calling 911. This isn’t his first time speeding. He was also ticketed for going 90 in his Range Rover last year. He also owns a tricked out custom Cadillac Batmobile and a Ferrari. So here’s a rich, famous 18 year-old kid who owns several supercars and considers it his right to drive like he’s on a racetrack. But of course it’s not his fault because he was being followed. At least he wasn’t drinking and driving, since we know how tough California law is on DUI offenders. *sarcasm*

Justin Bieber is shown on Friday after he was pulled over and then on the set where he was about to make a music video, which was his destination that day. Credit: Miguel Aguilar, PacificCoastNews.com and FameFlynet

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  1. marie says:

    The kid’s a douche and while I don’t condone violence, I would make an exception if someone punched him in the nose..

    • Djinn says:

      + a very high number I can’t be bothered to type. The word DOUCHE pops into my head each and every time I see this obnoxious little tool.

      A “Diana situation”?!?!? What you mean an unbelievably irresponsible driver took risks with other peoples lives just to avoid having a photo taken? There are millions of jobs that do not come with the fringe benefit of being followed by paps of course they don’t come with quite as high pay checks as Sloane ranger or tween pop star. You can take your pick but you can’t have the best of BOTH worlds.

      Blaming the paps is piss weak but then again so is this little snot.

      • olcranky says:

        plus, as annoying as I’m sure the paps are, just ignore them and pay attention to the road and drive. Pics of Biebs just driving safely (not texting while driving or doing something else) will become a dime a dozen, nobody will care and the paps won’t bother chasing him

    • Darlene says:

      Seriously, I was finishing reading this and I was all “what a douche” and then BINGO, there’s your comment.

  2. Val says:

    He is not cute, inside nor out.

    • Tillie says:

      I agree, don’t like the boy at all.. He should make room for more talented people, but I guess he will be around for a long time.. :(

      Wish he would just take al his money and leave to live a happy life and we wouldn’t have to hear from him ever again..

      *dreaming

      • wilkiecollins says:

        I don’t know how long he’ll be around my almost 12 year old niece is already over him and moved on to One Direction.

      • sharylmj says:

        yes… he’s losing a little ground with One Direction… but his fan base is GIANT!!!! like Taylor Swift.. it’s gonna be a minute before he’s gone..

  3. normades says:

    OMG I just wanna slap those stupid glasses off his smug face.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, his appearance alone makes me want to punch him in a fit of irrational rage.

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Agree.
        And exactly WHY did he not want his pic taken? He gets his pic taken a zillion times a day. WHAT was the big emergency of getting away from them?

        I SO want him to end up in jail with Chris Brown for a cell mate.

      • Veruca says:

        @ZZZoey –

        As his bottom.

        He’s such a smug little bitch. I truly hope the moms who buy their daughters all the fan stuff are seeing that he’s not so cute anymore, and are moving on…

        **Other sites are reporting that he called himself “Justin Johnson”. Isn’t ‘Johnson’ another word for a cock?

        Fitting.

  4. lisa2 says:

    I got a bit confused. Did he call 911 after he got the ticket and not before. I saw that on some TV show.

    I’m not a fan. I think like many young stars he started out as the wide eyed innocent. This Christian boy. Just took be back to Brittney/Jessica/Miley. It felt like a ploy to get the public behind him. Then the real person is revealed. I think his attitude changed when he starting having sex. Sorry to be blunt. I have brothers. When boys think they are “men” they get cocky.. He is cocky.

    Thanks Selena. lol

  5. Nanz says:

    He’s a punk. And his bandana fashion accessory makes me cry for humanity.

    • cr says:

      His whole outfit makes me cry for humanity.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Not to mention the fact that this snot-nosed twit owns THREE LUXURY SPORTS-CARS. Oh, and that he’s even famous in the first place.

  6. Thea says:

    He could have pulled over and called the police. He is a little punk, cant stand him or his Fisher price car..yes I know its Fisker but I still just cant.

  7. Erinn says:

    If you aren’t running, they can’t chase you. He endangered everyone’s life involved. California must not value the lives of their citizens all that much the way these celebs get favored.

    • Naye in VA says:

      eXAAAACTLLY. How do you get away with weaving in an out of cars because someone wants to take a picture of you. what IDIOT instructed him to do this. ANNNNDDD he was on his PHONE at the same time (police or no, highly dangerous situation). The paps didnt have a gun, they had a camera. NO excuse.

      • Erinn says:

        Exactly. It’s a ridiculous situation, and the police just keep making themselves look like starstruck morons.

    • olcranky says:

      how is it a chrome car is even street legal?

  8. kay says:

    I said on the other thread, he is too young for this car.

    ITA with the analogy about the pregnant woman, etc etc. No one has the right to endanger anyone else, regardless of the reason.

    The paps need to back off, he needs some drivers ed.

  9. the original bellaluna says:

    Of course he got special treatment! This IS the Land of LA-LA, after all. (Think Linnocent & Bynes.)

    DUH.

    • grayze says:

      I read this comment in passing and for one brief, horrible moment, thought, “Is there seriously a law firm called Linnocent and Bynes?”

      • the original bellaluna says:

        grayze – Honestly, after I typed it I thought: “I should have added ‘DUI Attorneys at Law’.”

        Now we can name it Linnocent, Bynes, and Beiber. *shudders*

      • ZigZagZoey says:

        Linnocent, Bynes, and Beiber.

        That is awesome!!! :)

    • Sal DelVecchio says:

      I am in agreement with belleluna. What else can we expect?

  10. lower-case deb says:

    seeing the Bieber article next to the Ronson article,
    I just noticed how sibling-like they are!

    Justin Ronson, or Samantha Bieber?
    http://picpaste.com/3321e691639efb1607d35d4d9da07733.jpg

  11. Native NYker says:

    quit lookin to blame paps for the wayward acts of ambivalent celebrities. Biebs is not the wholesome boy he pretends to be. it’s all make believe.

  12. ahoyhoy says:

    This one’s a red bandanna, the other day it was a blue one.
    Why is this twerp wearing red OR blue bandannas in L.A? Is he trying to look ‘gangsta’, without actually choosing sides? I find his bandanna-wearing to be a slap in the face to every (especially L.A.) family who lost loved ones due to gang violence. YEARS of violence and senseless killings of young people—and here we have baby Bieber, with his droopy drawers and ‘colors’, making that awful history a dipshit fashion statement.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Too bad he doesn’t drive his chrome car through one of those ‘hoods while wearing the wrong colour, right? ;)

      He is SUCH an asshole!

  13. Dee Cee says:

    Take away his license and deport the lawless crank..

    “Crank” is a pejorative term used for a person who holds an unshakable belief that most of his or her contemporaries consider to be false.[1] A crank belief is so wildly at variance with those commonly held as to be ludicrous. Cranks characteristically dismiss all evidence or arguments which contradict their own unconventional beliefs, making rational debate a futile task; this is the essential defining characteristic of the crank: being impervious to facts, evidence, and rational inference.

  14. ladybert62 says:

    If he had killed some innocent driver on the road would he have gotten off because he was being “chased” by the paps? He crossed the line of decency and should be heavily fined – if he cant drive responsibly, then get a limo with blacked out windows and a driver.

  15. Ari says:

    He looks like such a freaking dweeb. Why does this kids fame even exist. Its not like his music is all that great. When he was “nobody” he was more interesting.

  16. bagladey says:

    He’s a punk.

  17. DeltaJuliet says:

    He needed to be arrested for his stupid outfit.

  18. Patricia says:

    I’d like to hog tie him with that ridiculous bandana and throw him off a bridge.

    There’s just no excuse for risking the lives of innocent people driving like a maniac on a crowded freeway. At any age. Under any circumstances. Period.

  19. Izzy says:

    This whole “they’re celebs so they get off easy” will only end when the following scenario comes to pass (and it will):
    - Douchey celeb kills someone innocent by driving badly, under the influence, etc.
    - Prosecutors and judge are far more lenient than should be, than usually are for non-celebs.
    - Huge public outcry ensues.
    - Justice Department investigates violation of Equal Protection Clause.
    - Non-celeb defendants who did not get nearly the same leniency sue for violations of civil rights under Equal Protection Clause.

    It’s a shame someone will have to actually die before everyone pulls their heads out of their behinds.

  20. DetRiotGirl says:

    I still have a hard time believing he’s even old enough to drive, let alone own three sports cars. Someone help me out here, I’m too lazy to google this; wasn’t there a story about him crashing his Batmobile *rolls eyes* a few months back? Am I imagining that?

    Well, either way, this kid just oozes second hand embarrassment. Those outfits! Omg, who told him any of that looked good?!? It’s like he’s trying to be Michael Jackson, if Michael Jackson blindly fell into the wardrobe closet during the Beat It video and then was forced to do a guest stint on Yo Gabba Gabba. Bieber, this is not the look!

  21. gg says:

    It’s his own damn fault for driving a chrome plated hotrod! Hello, Justin, idiot – if you’re 18 and you MUST drive such a vehicle, at least do a down-low paint color or the cops will smell you every time you exit your neighborhood and be on you like flies on sweaty balls!

  22. Zoid says:

    Excuse me, it was a DIANA SITUATION? WTF were they going to do if they ‘caught’ him? Drag him out of the car and endanger his life? … No. They were going to take his picture. Oh noes! Justin quick, go endanger the lives of everyone on the freeway! He should have his license pulled, or be majorly fined. Wasn’t he driving on the shoulder at one point?

  23. Black Pearl says:

    I’m not a fan of justin, his music, style or anything for that matter but please give the kid a break… Endangering people’s lives is a serious issue but some of the things being said here is kinda harsh.. I dont like Justin but i’ll never wish him or anyone else bad.

  24. lisa2 says:

    OK now I understand about the 911 call. He called because once he was stopped and ticketed the paps started following him again.

    He is a punk, but something has to be done with paps following celebs in cars. It is a public danger. I guess nothing will happen until someone is killed. Sad that it takes that for the law to act. It is one thing on the streets which is bad too. Because I have seen the paps screaming a just regular citizens walking around because the get in the way of their shots. So that is harassment too.

    just craziness for a picture.

    • Tiffany says:

      The paps were wrong, but it was Beiber that was endangering the lives of others. Beiber wasn’t going to be injured because someone took a picture of him in his tacky car. However, someone could have been injured by his weaving in between lanes at over 100 miles per hour.

      You don’t get 10 Angelenos to call 911 just because you are being an average jerk. His potential to take the lives of others can not be overstated.

      • lisa2 says:

        IAWY regarding him driving dangerously. That should have cost him more than a ticket. But I doubt the people calling were aware that he was being chased. Not an excuse but that is the fact.

        but I have stated in the past that you can’t have a chase if you don’t run. Not sure how this should have been handled. Both parties were very wrong.

  25. Saor says:

    Omg the bandana- I just can’t…

  26. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    I’m getting nit picky because I really dislike this snot rag: I heard the 911 call, and from the sound of it the Dwiebs was not calling “hands free” per California law. I talk to my CA bestie nearly every day to help her pass the time on her way to work, and you can tell the difference. Like I said, nit picky. But I did love the attitude the 911 dispatcher gave when he acted like a jerk and his answers made absolutely no sense. “It’s a Fiskar. Uh, I mean. It looks like a Fiskar.” “I’m on the highway … In California.” Idiot.

  27. Jaime says:

    Words cannot express how much I utterly despise this little girl child. He is the ultimate little shit.

  28. Jover says:

    Good points ahoyjoy and originalbellaluna i’ll bet he doesn’t even know crips,bloods, all gangs have specific colors – that is offensive and one more reason to despise him. In that first pic he looks like a character from Where is Waldo – and only legends like Jimi Hendrix and John bonham could wear headbands and be cool – the attention and money that today’s teen “stars” make puts them into douchebag territory very fast. Leif Garrett and the Patridge family were models of modesty compared to this entitled snothead.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Jover – Yeah, and in Cali, there’s LOTS of gangs in different counties. Some of their colours are consistent (Crips, Bloods) and some are transient, based on ethnicity and location of said gangs.

      Co-sign on the “IDIOT” comments, with my own emphasis added.

  29. Anahata says:

    He looks like Cory Feldman when he was really young. Will probably end up in a coffin too early also.

  30. Tiffany says:

    I am completely outraged that he is getting off so easily. Do NOT risk other peoples lives because you are scared of a freaking CAMERA. You are driving a CHROME car! If you didn’t want to be noticed, don’t drive something so obnoxious and TACKY!

    I don’t think he understands the extent to which he endangered other people. I drive that freeway, and I have gone from merely being irritated by Mr. Beiber to HATING him. Those were the lives of my friends and family you were endangering, fool!

  31. Andrea says:

    If he was my child, I’d say: Firstly, remove the bandana – you look like an idiot! Secondly, slow down and let them pass or pull over to the side of the road and let them take photos until the cops arrive.

    I think he’s just over his head. Yes, he’s 18, but this isn’t some backwater town in Ontario or even Toronto, it’s LA.

  32. Tansey says:

    I do not in any way condone his reckless driving. He should’ve drove safely until he found a place to pull over and called the police. I also don’t condone how aggressive the paps can get. Just because someone is famous does not entitle paps to get all up in their face snapping pics all the time. Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean they give up their right to privacy. Celebs are people just like you and me but the media has turned them into Gods and that’s why paps get so aggressive with them. If the media would stop paying so much money for pics of celebs I’d bet paps wouldn’t do anything to get their pictures.

  33. emma says:

    If it was indeed like a Princes Diana scenario, then he really shouldn’t have sped. The speeding is what ultimately killed Di and Dodi and the driver. And it’s not as if Bieber isn’t photographed every other second of the day. He is an entitled rich child and should be ticketed regardless of being ‘chased’.

  34. thatttbitch says:

    He’s such a tool…all I kept thinking as I read this was “douche douche douche” …I’m done with this kid..the hair ,the earrings ..the way he acted to that radio presenter, the bandana.he was so down to earth before and now he’s starting to believe his own hype…selena will soon dump him

  35. Shy says:

    Well he should have stop and call police on paparazzi. He chose to drive like crazy and put other life of other people in danger. And I can’t believe that he make that 911 call. He was such a whine little pussy in there. And he kept complaining at those cruel paparazzi. Man up Justin.

    I watched Never Say Never finally. And Gosh – he is so stupid. He was 16 at the time it was filmed. But they way he was behaving – he didn’t look older then 10-12. Sometimes he was behaving like a spoiled 5-years old rich idiot who does what he wants and no one can stop him. I was embarrassed for him and felt sorry for those adult people around him. They had to nurse him like he was some child.

    He is 18 now? I think that he has a mind of 14-years old now.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      He’s stunted at whatever age he was when he “blew up” per the lingo. (see also: Blohan; Bynes; Perry; insert-name-of-dead/addicted/drunk-child/tween-star here)

  36. Chris says:

    He’s cracking up under the pressure of One Direction taking over his mantle as the most popular with tween girls. It’s gonna be like Corey Haim all over again.

  37. Ramona Q says:

    Is it a July afternoon in L.A., or is he wearing a ski cap, bandana, hoodie, leather-sleeved jean jacket, and long black pants? While driving a baked potato?

  38. Jill says:

    Why does this girl get special treatment?

    She is spiraling out of control and enabling him is only going to make her worse.

  39. sarahtonin says:

    2nd pic is hilarious. That bandanna makes him look like he’s a housewife about to scrub the floor, circa 1950. Hurry up and make it sparkle Justine, you still have to get your hair and makeup done to be pretty enough to present hubby with his scotch and slippers when he gets home.

  40. Mandy says:

    He’s a brat. And he needs a stylist. BAD.