Justin Bieber Will Not Be Charged In Hollywood Hit-And-Run
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined today to file charges against singer Justin Bieber, who was driving a car that struck a photographer in Hollywood June 17.
In a charge evaluation worksheet, a prosecutor wrote that “the impact was minor and given the chaotic scene and stress of the situation, it is likely that Bieber did not know he had hit” photographer Damon Walter outside a nightclub at 8001 Sunset Blvd., and there was “insufficient evidence to prove that Bieber knowingly left the scene of a collision in which someone was injured.”
“Given the entirety of the circumstances, Bieber’s claim that he did not know he hit anyone as he was leaving the club is both reasonable and credible. There were over a dozen paparazzi surrounding his car and on the sidewalk, and it was noisy with camera flashes and bright lights surrounding him. Security had motioned for Bieber that it was clear to leave, and the video showed a clear path for the car until Walter suddenly stepped in front of it,” according to the charge evaluation worksheet.
Walter was struck and briefly pinned against a car that had been parked in front of Bieber’s Ferrari before he dropped his camera on the Ferrari and fell down, suffering minor injuries to a leg, according to the document.
Bieber told police through an attorney that he was not aware he had hit anyone, and police determined that the photographer was at fault in the collision because he was in the roadway and blocking Bieber’s vehicle, according to the charge evaluation worksheet.