Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines this week addressed rumblings that Justin Bieber may be considering moving out of his gated community amid a litany of charges the pop star faces between Florida and Toronto.
Add to that Bieber's unpopularity in his own neighborhood, where residents have accused the teen of speeding, spitting, holding loud parties and even egging neighbors.
Gaines told The Times that, despite the celebrity rumor mill, he had "no information about Mr. Bieber’s intentions to remain in Calabasas or to move."
"The fact that a talented international musician like Mr. Bieber chooses to live in Calabasas is certainly a feather in our cap and a tribute to our safe and beautiful community," Gaines said. But, he added, "the peace and privacy of our residents is the city’s top priority. We have unfortunately had a number of breaches of the peace related to Mr. Bieber and his residence, and the sheriff has acted appropriately in addressing those incidents."
One of them involves a felony investigation into accusations that Bieber egged his neighbor's house, causing $20,000 in damage. A Jan. 15 search of his home by L.A. County sheriff's detectives led to the arrest of his friend, Xavier Dominique Smith, 20, known as Lil Za, after authorities said they found drugs "in plain view."
Days later, Bieber, 19, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini. The Canadian-born singer is scheduled to be arraigned in a Miami-Dade County courtroom on Valentine's Day.
Then on Wednesday, Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police in response to an assault charge stemming from a Dec. 29 incident involving a limo driver.
Throughout his travails, Bieber has received muted, if not zero, sympathy from current and former Calabasas neighbors, including ex-USC and NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, who confronted the pop star over alleged speeding in the community.
After Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach, Johnson — who has since moved out of the neighborhood — tweeted: "They finally caught HIM! Glad no one was hurt, no kids in the street."
If Bieber does sell, he'd be putting a 10,000-square-foot main house with a high-ceiling foyer, library, movie theater with stadium seating, wet bar and wine cellar on the market. There's also a guesthouse, swimming pool and expansive lawns.
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