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Video shows Bieber celebrating after egg attack

By Anthony McCartney

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> Surveillance footage from Justin Bieber's home appears to show the pop star high-fiving friends and celebrating after throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in January, an investigator's affidavit released Friday shows.

The description of Bieber's reaction to the incident that authorities say caused thousands of dollars in damage to the neighbor's home is included in documents filed to support a search warrant obtained in March. A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective obtained the warrant for Bieber's account with the online photo-sharing site Instagram, searching for evidence to match his outfit with the surveillance footage.

Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to charge Bieber in the egg-throwing incident, which happened Jan. 9 at the singer's home in a gated community in Calabasas.

Detectives have said the amount of damage to the neighbor's home warrants a felony prosecution of Bieber, which if filed would be the most serious case the troubled pop star has faced. He has been charged with assault in Toronto, and he faces a trial in July on a charge of driving under the influence in Miami.

A man matching Bieber's description is seen on footage running toward the neighbor' house and returning to a group of friends and exchanging high-fives a short time later.

"Suspect Bieber and the other males appeared to be laughing and celebrating," the affidavit signed by Sheriff's detective Ginni Alvarez states.

Alvarez participated in a search of Bieber's home on Jan. 14 in which surveillance footage was retrieved. Two months later, the investigator obtained the search warrant for Bieber's Instagram account, looking for images of the singer in a white sweatshirt and baseball cap that would match surveillance video shot before and after the egg-throwing incident. The warrant does not state whether any footage of Bieber actually throwing eggs at his neighbor's home was retrieved.

Bieber's attorney Howard Weitzman declined comment.

The warrant was first reported by Los Angeles Fox affiliate KTTV on Thursday night.

Bieber, 20, was delayed at Los Angeles International Airport by authorities on Thursday after returning from an international trip. His publicist Melissa Victor confirmed the singer was subjected to "secondary questioning" by customs officials but was released without incident.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jaime Ruiz said he could not comment on a specific passenger's interactions with agents when entering the country unless the person was charged with a crime.

Bieber frequently posts photos in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook and allows users to post images from their mobile phones. Law enforcement agencies now routinely search suspects' social networking accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter searching for evidence of wrongdoing. If postings are going to be used as evidence in a case, a search warrant is frequently obtained to gather information directly from social networking companies.

Earlier this week, Bieber apologized for offending people after posting two images from the Yasukuni Shrine in Central Tokyo that commemorates 2.5 million war dead, including Japan's 14 convicted war criminals. The site is seen as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and has been criticized by the nation's neighbors, who were subjected to atrocities by Japan's military in the 1930s and 1940s.

Bieber removed photos he posted from the shrine.

Bieber gained stardom with his debut album at age 15, but he has had a string of recent legal troubles. He's scheduled to go on trial in Miami in July on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest and the Toronto assault case is also pending.

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Rickyboy wrote:
Hey Usher your protege's making you look bad!
on April 25,2014 | 07:51PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Just deport him already and ban him from entering the country forever.........
on April 25,2014 | 09:13PM
SteveToo wrote:
You got that right.
on April 25,2014 | 11:26PM
serious wrote:
Send him to Chicago where he won't be noticed!!
on April 26,2014 | 06:03AM
cojef wrote:
Persona non grata???/ or words to that effect.
on April 26,2014 | 07:50AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Its easy to be a punk in a ultra rich neighbor hood. He should try a working neighborhood where they won't put up with that BS. He might have a trip to the ER included.
on April 26,2014 | 06:54AM
inHilo wrote:
Good to see that people in a gated community are getting a small taste of life beyond the gate. Just because you have money doesn't mean you are a model citizen.
on April 26,2014 | 07:22AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Excellent assessment!
on April 26,2014 | 07:24AM
mrluke wrote:
Sounds like a taste of class jealousy!
on April 26,2014 | 07:58AM
krusha wrote:
They have video of the incident, yet they are deciding whether they have enough evidence to charge him??? Something tells me Bieber's handlers need to up the cash amount to keep these investigators silent...
on April 26,2014 | 07:59AM
paniolo wrote:
He would look better back home in Canada. Oh Ca na da...
on April 26,2014 | 08:19AM
joseph007 wrote:
He's got plenty of money, so the whole thing will be dropped or a soft plea deal made. Money talks.
on April 26,2014 | 08:46AM
808HRW wrote:
The shrine issue was an honest mistake, how many people would have known what that shrine commemorates? All the other stuff, just a punk that has too much money and no class or common sense. He needs to learn to grow up fast since he's in such a spotlight. Maybe I'm too old but his style and songs do not appeal to me.
on April 26,2014 | 09:00AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Me either!
on April 26,2014 | 12:02PM
handsomeguy wrote:
He's a kid and his fifteen minutes of fame will be over before you know it.
on April 26,2014 | 11:44AM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
The Biebs is entitled to throw eggs at anybody. It's the Biebs rule.
on April 26,2014 | 11:59PM
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