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Bieber's team hit out at privacy invasion before drink-drive trial

A MAY 5 trial date has been set for singer Justin Bieber in the Florida case in which he is charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driving licence.

Prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart also said at a brief hearing yesterday that no plea offer has been made to the 20-year-old pop star, who has pleaded not guilty.

Bieber's lawyer, Roy Black, also said there was no plea deal on the table and none had been rejected, even though first offenders in most similar cases are offered a plea to avoid potential jail time.

"All we're going to say is, we're going to prepare for a trial and that Mr Bieber has pleaded not guilty," Black told reporters.

The initial March trial date was postponed while lawyers for news organisations and Bieber wrestled with release of police videos of him giving a urine sample for a drug test.

Those videos were made public last week with sensitive segments blacked out.

Bieber and R'n'B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race with high-end sports cars. Breath tests showed Bieber's blood-alcohol content was below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Other tests detected marijuana and Xanax.

Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said Sharieff has a separate April 7 trial date on a DUI charge. He, too, has pleaded not guilty.

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Black was also asked about a deposition Bieber gave last week in a lawsuit filed by a photographer who claims he was roughed up and threatened by one of the singer's bodyguards.

Video of that deposition quickly began appearing on internet sites, which Black criticised yesterday as an invasion of Bieber's privacy.

Among other things, Black said, Bieber was asked in the deposition about his relationships with Selena Gomez "that had nothing to do with the case."

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