Justin Bieber has reached a plea deal in a DUI case and will face lesser charges linked to his arrest in Miami Beach, Fla., earlier this year, two sources close to the case told The Associated Press, or AP, on Tuesday. The pop singer’s case is expected to be dropped Wednesday and he will take anger-management lessons.
The 20-year-old star will reportedly go through an anger-management program and make a charitable donation of $50,000 as part of the plea deal. Bieber’s original charge of driving under the influence will be changed to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest without violence charges, AP reported. The news about the plea deal comes ahead of a Wednesday hearing, in which the "Never Say Never" singer is expected to plead guilty to the new charges.
The “Boyfriend” hit maker was arrested on Jan. 23 after police witnessed an illegal street race between Bieber's rented Lamborghini and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff’s Ferrari. According to reports, Bieber was driving between 55mph and 60mph in a 30mph zone prior to his arrest, but he was not charged for rash driving as there was little evidence to prove it.
Bieber, who was charged with driving with an expired license in the case, reportedly tested positive for marijuana, and an anti-anxiety drug called Xanax was found in his system. A police report, after the arrest, stated that the Canadian singer had “bloodshot eyes” and “reeked of alcohol.”
Bieber’s egg-throwing case was also settled in July after the singer pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor vandalism charge, and agreed to pay more than $80,000 in damages to his neighbors.
The singer, who has been making headlines due to his reckless behavior and his on-again, off-again relationship with Selena Gomez, is also facing charges for allegedly assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, in late December. He is also being reportedly sued by a photographer, who claimed that Bieber roughed him up when he tried to take a picture of the pop singer outside a studio in Miami.
Bieber, who most recently had an alleged fight with Orlando Bloom during a vacation in Ibiza, is reportedly not expected to be present at the Wednesday hearing.