Canada's Justin Bieber pleaded guilty Thursday to simple assault and careless driving in connection with his crashing an all-terrain vehicle into a minivan in Perth East township, near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, in August.
The singer, 21, appeared in an Ontario courtroom via video link from his attorney's office in Los Angeles, said the wire service The Canadian Press. The assault charge was dropped and a $750 fine (about $600 in U.S. currency) was imposed for careless driving.
Paparazzi photographers had been shooting Bieber and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, singer Selena Gomez, 22, riding an ATV. Brian Greenspan, an attorney for Bieber, told Canadian Press that his client "came over to the side of the vehicle where one of the photographers was holding a large camera. . . . There was some physical contact . . . it was described that Mr. Bieber was swinging at him, grabbing at the camera, that could have been three times at the most" and the photographer "simply deflected" him.
Greenspan told TMZ.com he had worked with prosecutors on the plea deal, which he called fair. He added that no one was injured and said the photographers, whom he did not identify, had pleaded guilty to trespassing on Bieber's father's property and were fined.