Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to charges of assault and careless driving in a Canadian court in Ontario, according to Canadian newspaper the National Post.

A legal representative for the 21 year old pop star confirmed that an additional charge of dangerous driving was dropped. Reports indicate that an absolute discharge was given on the assault rap and a $750 fine (US$600) was imposed for the careless driving.

Justin BieberJustin Bieber with Hailey Baldwin in May 2015

The charges relate to an incident back in September when Bieber and his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez were on a retreat in Ontario. A paparazzo intruded on the couple while they were driving near the town of Stratford, which led to a collision between an ATV and a minivan and then a “physical altercation” between the drivers, according to the Ontario Police report at the time.

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Bieber tweeted in the aftermath of the incident: “There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana,” adding later “I don't have a problem with Paparazzi but when they act recklessly they put us all in danger.”

His lawyer in Toronto, Brian Greenspan, also issued a contemporary statement saying: “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi.”

Justin Bieber has been trying to clean up his act since his Comedy Central Roast back in March, publicly renouncing his “cocky” behaviour. However, this is not the first run-in he’s had with the law: back in August 2014 he pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer without violence in Florida, and earlier this year an Argentinian judge issued an arrest warrant concerning Bieber’s bodyguards’ treatment of a photographer in Buenos Aires.

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