Vandal Bieber gets egg on his face
CANADIAN pop star Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism on Wednesday for pelting a neighbour's home with eggs and was sentenced to two years' probation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said.
The 20-year-old was ordered to stay away from the neighbour and his family for two years, reported AFP.
Bieber also had to pay US$80,900 (S$100,400) in restitution, serve five days' community service and complete an anger-management programme in what the district attorney called a negotiated settlement, Reuters said.
The singer was not present in the Los Angeles Superior Court for his arraignment.
"Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him," Bieber's representatives said in a statement. "He will continue to move forward, focusing on his career and his music."
The singer, whose hit songs include Boyfriend, was accused of throwing eggs at the neighbour's home in an upscale Calabasas, California, neighbourhood during a dispute in January.
Investigators searched Bieber's home following the incident and arrested a friend, aspiring rapper Lil Za, for drug possession at the house.
The incident was the first in a string of arrests and legal problems for the former teen idol, who was later charged with driving under the influence in Miami Beach as well as with assaulting a limo driver in Toronto.
It is not known how the sentence would influence the Miami Beach and Toronto cases.
The singer could have faced a felony charge if damage to the home was put at more than US$20,000.
Bieber has since moved out of the gated community.