Before he filed a harassment complaint against an aggressive paparazzo, he made sure to call 911 to get the story straight and tell the authorities WHY he “was driving like a maniac.”
In the 15-minute phone conversation (above), the pop star is pretty calm and collected while talking to several operators, who sound pretty sympathetic to his situation. He tells them the entire story about being tailed, trying to escape and getting pulled over as a result.
At the 9:23 mark, you’ll hear him start to tell his side of the story. He sounds pretty angered by how the LAPD handled the situation too, as he explained:
“When I tried to explain it to the police officers, they were being very not nice about it. They were just like, ‘Well, you waive your right to privacy when you’re a celebrity.’ That makes absolutely no sense when their the ones … being dangerous. And then he let all the paparazzi around my vehicle while he was doing the whole citation … he didn’t even pull me to the side. He could have at least pulled me to a side parking lot or something.”
We don’t condone speeding at ridiculous speeds in any situation (unless you’re John Cusack in 2012 and the roads are collapsing beneath your tires), but he brings up a good point.
Princess Diana was a tragic example of what can happen when the paparazzi put safety aside to get the perfect pic, so it’s pretty disturbing that the cops just let them sit there and photograph the entire ticketing procedure WITHOUT punishing them as well.
Then, as it turned out, the photographers hopped back in their cars and CONTINUED to follow Bieber, which is when he made the call. Fortunately, cops finally caught up with him so he could file a complaint against his harassers.
Being a celebrity certainly has its perks, but it also has a fair share of challenges to accompany them.