Justin Bieber police clips ordered released by judge
Remaining police video clips of Justin Bieber after his January arrest will be made public with sensitive portions blacked out to protect the singer’s privacy, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said two of the five unreleased video clips depict the singer’s genitalia during a urine test for drugs at the Miami Beach Police Department. Altfield agreed with lawyers for Bieber, who turned 20 on Saturday, that the video’s airing would be an invasion of privacy that outweighed the public’s right to know.
Bieber has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. He and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested early on Jan. 23 during what police called an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Neither has been charged with drag racing. A trial date has not been set.
Prosecutors said they will release all five remaining video clips in a few days, after the court-ordered redactions are completed.
Separately, the Miami Beach Police Department made public a new batch of 18 still photos taken shortly after Bieber’s arrest, mainly close-ups of his many tattoos – a praying Jesus, a grinning joker’s face accompanied by the word “love,” an Indian chief’s head, a Psalms quotation, and more – and one full-length picture of the singer.
Cassidy’s DUI charge reduced
A lawyer says a New York drunken-driving charge against 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and returned to a town court for resolution.
Cassidy was pulled over in the town of Schodack and charged with driving while intoxicated in August.
The charge was a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 driving-under-the-influence conviction in his home state of Florida.
The birthday bunch
Actor James B. Sikking is 80. Singer Eddy Grant is 66. Magician Penn Jillette is 59. Actor Kevin Connolly is 40. Actress Jill Ritchie is 40. Actress Eva Mendes is 39. Model Niki Taylor is 39. Actress Kimberly McCullough is 36. Actor Sterling Knight is 25. Actor Jake Lloyd is 25.