Monday, 5 September 2016

The stupidity of entertainers  (Part 1)                                                       
One would think that entertainers would take great care to ensure that their reputations aren’t tarnished by their conduct but unfortunately for some of them, they do silly things that makes them look like fools or acting like criminals. Here is one of them.

This Canadian citizen was born on March 1st 1994 in London, Ontario. His hometown was later in Stratford, Ontario. This 22 year-old singer and songwriter currently resides in a huge luxurious mansion in Calabasas California.  He earns between $60 and $80 million a year.

His stupidity

This young man has had several run-ins with the law around the world before his first arrest in 2014,]including when he was accused of reckless driving in his neighbourhood in 2012.

He was also charged in Brazil with vandalism in 2013.  In November 2014, he was ordered to appear in Argentina within 60 days by a Buenos Aires court to give testimony on an alleged assault on a photographer on November 9th, 2013. When he failed to do so, an arrest warrant was issued against him.  Two of his bodyguards were released from custody in April 2015.

One of his neighbours accused Bieber and some of his friends of throwing eggs at his home on January 9th, 2014 which had caused $80,800.00 in damages.  He had to pay for those damages. Naturally, what he paid for the damages was merely a drop in the bucket considering how extremely rich he is. He was also ordered to serve two years' probation, complete twelve weeks of anger management, and five days of community service in what the district attorney termed a negotiated settlement. Since then, he has permanently moved to Beverly Hills, California after that particular incident.

On January 23, 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida along with singer  Khalil on suspicion of  driving under the influence (DUI), driving with an over six month expired license, and resisting arrest without violence. The police said that Bieber told them that he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana, and taken prescription drugs. A toxicology report revealed that Bieber had THC (a principal constituent of cannabis) and the anti-anxiety medication  Xanaxin his system at the time of his arrest which probably explains his conduct that particular day.

On August 13, 2014, the January DUI case was settled with a plea bargain pleading guilty to resisting an officer without violence, and a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention. He was given a fine of  $500 and sentenced to attend both a 12-hour anger management course, and a program that teaches about the impact of drunken driving on victims. As part of the plea bargain, he has made a US$50,000 contribution to Our Kids, a local children's charity.

Following Bieber's arrest on the DUI charge, more than 270,000 persons petitioned the White House seeking to have him deported from the United States. Although the number of signatures received was sufficient to require a response under published White House guidelines; it has been noted that the Obama Administration has declined substantive comment on the petition. About a decade ago, the Supreme Court had ruled that driving under the influence, is not a basis to deport someone.

Now one would think that this twerp would have learned his lesson. He hadn`t learned a thing from the Miami incident.

On September 1, 2014, Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario  after  he had a collision between a minivan and Bieber's all-terrain vehicle on August 29th. The police said that he then “engaged in a physical altercation” with an occupant of the minivan. He was released shortly thereafter and his lawyer blamed the incident on “the unwelcome presence of paparazzi.” (people trying to take unauthorized pictures for magazines etc.)

In June 2014, a video emerged of a 15-year-old Bieber telling a joke about black people, which used the word “nigger” multiple times. In the same month, a second video showed a 14-year-old Bieber giggling as he croons his song One Less Lonely Girl, but parodying the main lyric as One less lonely nigger, and stating that if he were to kill one, he would be ”part of the KKK.”
He apologized the day the video was released: He said, “Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with” Despite that last statement he made, he still continued to ravage his reputation as an entertainer.

Justin Bieber was charged with assault in an alleged attack on a limo driver in Toronto in December 2013, but the criminal charges were later withdrawn. In 2015, Abdul Mohar, 34, the limo driver who alleges he was assaulted by Bieber who was asking $850,000 in damages and a court order preventing Bieber from coming within 100 metres of him. The statement of claim alleges that five other men in the SUV night have entered into a “conspiracy” to protect Bieber from answering to his “criminal conduct” by not co-operating with police.

Bieber’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, called the lawsuit against his client “totally without merit.” In an emailed statement he said: “During the course of the incident, while speaking with the 911 operator, the limousine driver had, in fact, identified his alleged assailant, who was still present, as black.” After a careful assessment of the evidence, the Crown attorney withdrew the charge against the limo driver. 

Mohar told the Toronto Star he was “really shocked” when he spoke to the 911 operator and wasn’t thinking clearly. The majority of the men in his vehicle were black, he said, adding that he told the police officers who responded soon after that two of the men were white.

According to the statement of claim, the Uber notification came from Bieber’s tour manager, Josh Williams. When Mohar arrived at the club around 2:15 a.m., he was told to drive the group to Yorkville’s Hazelton Hotel and was given a CD by a bodyguard to play during the trip.

After departing from the club, the young man sitting directly behind Mohar told him “loudly and aggressively” to “max out the volume,” the court documents say. Mohar then turned the volume up somewhat and the man allegedly said: “I told you to max out the volume.” This man, the lawsuit alleges, was Justin Bieber.

His SUV, Mohar claims, smelled like marijuana and alcohol (so much so he had to spray it with air freshener for two days afterwards). The music on the CD had a heavy bass and even though the windows were up, he said he felt it could be heard from outside. He said that he was worried about damaging the stereo system and getting a headache. 

“Suddenly, and without any warning,” Bieber allegedly came from the SUV’s back seats, wedging himself between the two front seats, and turned the volume all the way up on his own.

Mohar claims he then said. “Please don’t do that. ” Then, without any more words exchanged, he said Bieber punched him on the right cheek with a closed fist. He said that the punch was very hard and painful. 

He added that  he was actually scared he might get into an accident or that the incident could escalate, specifically that he could be attacked with a weapon or by all the men in the SUV who he says were doing nothing to stop the alleged attack.

As he pulled his SUV over to the side of the road on University Ave., Mohar alleged Bieber punched him another four or five times in the back of the head.

He said he got out of the vehicle, started walking away and called 911. While on the phone with the dispatcher he said Bieber followed him, getting inches from his face, and said: “What’s your problem?”

The court documents also say that a bodyguard, who had been following in another SUV, then got between the two men, someone took the CD out of Mohar’s SUV and the entire group fled.

When describing the incident to the responding police officers, Mohar said he told them the man who assaulted him “looked like a Justin Bieber kind of guy.” The police later confirmed to him that Bieber was at the club that night, the documents say.

While Mohar was at the police station giving his statement, Bieber’s tour manager, Williams, phoned him on his cellphone. The court documents say that Mohar passed the phone to investigators and soon after, Williams came into the station to give a statement, which included an admission that his client, Bieber was one of the occupants in the vehicle. After watching a YouTube video that purported to show Bieber at the club that night, In Mohar’s civil claim, he said that days later he reiterate his belief to police that Bieber was the one who assaulted him.

Months later, the prosecutor in the criminal case told Mohar that he would likely have to drop the charges against Bieber because it was Bieber’s word against his. That is generally the practice if there are no witnesses to the assault.

Mohar was told  that Williams, the tour manager, would not return phone calls to him and that the other five passengers in the car would not co-operate with police and could not be forced to come to court to testify because they were American citizens.

As an interesting aside;  in the year 2000, I attended the Tenth United Nations  Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of the Offender in Vienna as a UN recognized “Individual Expert”  and in my address, I spoke about the need to the United Nations  creating a Rule that would make it possible to extradite material witness from one country to another. Alas, the delegates didn’t agree with my proposal. If they had accepted my proposal, the  five American witnesses could be forced to come to Toronto and give testimony under oath.

The voice recording of Mohar’s 911 call has him describing the passengers as being black although two of them were white.  

Mohar, a father of two young girls, said he was disappointed that no justice was served in the criminal courts and that is why he is decided to pursue his  lawsuit against Bieber.

Mohar said that he  saved for a year-and-a-half to buy his SUV limousine to become a chauffeur for Uber. He said he has always been treated well by his clients.

Mohar’s lawyer, Clayton Ruby said, “The case is about power, money and abuse by Bieber.”

Mohar said in his civil claim that he was shaken after the alleged assault and went to the hospital two times because he believed he might be having a heart attack. “Too much stress,” he said of what he believes caused his symptoms. He has since stopped using Uber and only drives regular clients he knows.

Bieber said during a roast of him on Comedy Central. and I quote;  “I turned a lot of people off over the past few years, but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything all around. “I’ve lost some of my best qualities. For that, I am sorry.”

Well, time will tell us whether or not he has reformed

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