Justin Bieber pleads guilty to assault, careless driving in Canada: Reports

Justin Bieber at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015. Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges in connection with a collision near his Ontario hometown, Canadian media reported on Thursday. -- PHOTO: RE
Justin Bieber at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015. Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges in connection with a collision near his Ontario hometown, Canadian media reported on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

TORONTO (Reuters) - Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges in connection with a collision near his Ontario hometown, Canadian media reported on Thursday.

The reports said the singer received an absolute discharge on the assault charge and a C$750 (S$809) fine for the careless driving charge.

The pop star was charged in September with assault and dangerous driving.

One of Bieber's Canadian lawyers declined to immediately comment on the reports.

The charges came after two drivers got into a "physical altercation", Canadian media reported in September, citing police. Those reports said a minivan and an all-terrain vehicle had collided outside the town of Stratford, Ontario.

A lawyer for Bieber said at the time that the singer was visiting the area with pop star Selena Gomez when they were "disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi". Bieber, whose songs include the hits Boyfriend and Beauty And A Beat, has been a favourite paparazzi target and has had several run-ins with the law.

In August, Bieber pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence in Florida, part of a deal to resolve allegations he had been drag racing in a Lamborghini under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Bieber also pleaded no contest in July to misdemeanor vandalism for pelting a neighbor's California home with eggs. He was sentenced to two years probation.