Justin Bieber pleads guilty to assault and careless driving, asked to pay $600 fine

The singer was demanded to pay the fine after slapping a paparazzo in Ontario

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In his latest run in with the law, Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving near his hometown in Canada after slapping a photographer.

The 21-year-old singer was fined C$750 (£390) for reckless driving in connection with a collision and altercation with a photographer. He was also required to pay a C$100 (£52) victim surcharge.

The incident happened during a visit to Ontario with pop star and former girlfriend Selena Gomez. Bieber’s lawyer said the two were “disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi” at the time.

Local media, citing police, reported there was a “physical altercation” following a collision between a minivan and an all-terrain vehicle outside the town.

Bieber’s lawyer Brian Greenspan said: “The assault was described even by the photographer as a couple of slaps, certainly three at the most, that he deflected with his shoulder,” adding that Bieber acknowledged his culpability in pleading guilty.

In August, Bieber pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence in Florida, part of a deal to resolve allegations that he had been drag racing in a Lamborghini under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

In July, Bieber pleaded no contest to vandalism for pelting a neighbour's California home with eggs. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.

With additional reporting from the Associated Press.

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