Justin Bieber pleads guilty to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest

He was arrested seven months ago on Miami Beach
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Pop singer Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest, seven months after he was arrested in Miami Beach, following what police initially called an illegal street drag race.

The 20-year-old Canadian’s plea deal with prosecutors includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable donation and fines.

The conditions were detailed at a court hearing before Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield, which Bieber did not attend.

Defence attorney Mark Shapiro said Bieber had already given the $50,000 to a local children's charity.

The settlement will allow Bieber to avoid being convicted for driving under the influence. 

Bieber was arrested early on 23 January in Miami Beach, after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber's rented Lamborghini and a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff.

But as there was little evidence that they were even exceeding posted speed limits, neither Bieber nor Sharieff were charged with drag racing.

While breath tests found Bieber's alcohol level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers, his urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. He was also charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police officers, as well as driving on an expired license.

The urine test sparked a battle between media companies who sought access to a video of the test – a move Bieber's lawyers argued would invade the singer’s privacy. Ultimately,  Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Altfield ordered that the video be released with sensitive portions blacked out. Other police video depicted Bieber walking unsteadily during a sobriety test.

In July, Bieber resolved another criminal case by pleading no contest to a misdemeanour vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbour’s house in Los Angeles. In that case, Bieber agreed to pay more than $80,000 in damages and meet a number of other conditions.

Also in Miami, Bieber is being sued by a photographer who says he was roughed up while snapping pictures of the singer outside a recording studio.

Meanwhile in Toronto, Bieber is also charged with assaulting a limousine driver in late December. His lawyers have said he is not guilty in that case.

The Canadian-born Bieber shot to stardom at age 15, with his career overseen by two music industry heavyweights, singer Usher and manager Scooter Braun, after initially gaining notice through YouTube videos.

He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut My World 2.0.

Additional reporting by AP