Justin Bieber Taken Off Formal Probation
Justin Bieber is no longer on formal probation after impressing officials with his behavior following his 2014 arrest for vandalism. The “What Do You Mean?” star was busted after pelting his former neighbor’s Calabasas, California, property with eggs in January 2014. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor that July and was subsequently placed on probation. He was also ordered to serve five days of manual labor, enroll in an anger management course, and pay restitution to the alleged victim, Jeff Schwartz.
He completed his counseling classes in May and was granted an extension for his community service in August after an ankle injury delayed his efforts. Despite the setback, his probation officer heaped praise on his work at a progress hearing on October 13, and on Monday, after completing the labor sentence, he was officially taken off formal probation. According to TMZ, Justin received another glowing report from the probation representative, who was impressed with the 21-year-old’s changed attitude. He will remain on probation until next year. The singer moved out of the gated community months after his arrest, but the legal issue is not yet over; his former neighbor is suing Justin for the emotional distress. The positive probation news comes at a good time for the pop superstar, who is gearing up to release his comeback album, Purpose, next week. Justin hit headlines for his wild antics and his other run-ins with police during his break from music, but as he launched his chart comeback earlier this year, he vowed to become a better person. The singer admits he is still working on correcting his bad boy ways and he has some way to go. “There’s so much I need to work on,” he told Britain’s Telegraph magazine this week. “And I’m still getting days where I’m depressed and upset. But I know that I’m not where I used to be. So that really keeps me motivated. I’m not where I wanna be – but at least I’m not where I used to be… that’s a cool little slogan I’ve been living by.” Justin’s comments were published days after he stormed offstage in Norway after becoming angered by fans continually grabbing his legs. He subsequently apologized for the concert walkout on Instagram, blaming his behavior on “a rough week” with “long days” and “no sleep”.