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Bieber does deal on driving charge

Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after he was held in Miami Beach following what police initially called a drag race.

The 20-year-old Canadian pop star's plea deal with prosecutors, detailed at a court hearing, includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 (€37,400) charitable contribution and fines. The deal allows Bieber to avoid a conviction for driving under the influence.

He was not present at the hearing before Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield. Defence lawyer Mark Shapiro said Bieber had already given the money to a local children's charity.

The singer was arrested early on January 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race involving his rented Lamborghini and a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff.

Neither was charged with drag racing and there was little evidence they were even speeding.

Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for under-age drivers, but urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.


He was also charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police officers, as well as driving on an expired licence.

The urine test became a battle between media companies that sought access to video of it and Bieber's lawyers arguing it was an invasion of privacy.

Ultimately, Judge Altfield ordered the video released with sensitive portions blacked out. Other police video depicted Bieber walking unsteadily during a sobriety test.

Last month, Bieber resolved another criminal case by pleading no contest to a vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbour's house in Los Angeles. In that case, he paid $80,000 in damages.

Bieber is also charged in Toronto with assaulting a limousine driver late December.

Also in Miami, Bieber is being sued by a photographer who says he was roughed up while snapping pictures of the singer outside a recording studio.

Bieber shot to stardom at the age of 15. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut My World 2.0.