Soccer injury cited as reason Justin Bieber hasn't completed vandalism case sentence

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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Justin Bieber leaves an event in Paris. Bieber has apologized for his bad behavior in a new video posted to Facebook. Bieber's attorney Shawn Holley told a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015, that the singer was making good progress on the terms of his community service and counseling sentence as part of a misdemeanor vandalism case filed last year. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, File)


LOS ANGELES — An ankle injury has tripped up Justin Bieber's attempts to complete the terms of his sentence in a vandalism case filed after he threw eggs at his neighbor's house last year.

Probation officials wrote in a report filed Tuesday that Bieber cited a severe ankle sprain he suffered during a soccer game as the reason he couldn't complete five days of community labor as planned in early January. Bieber provided a chiropractor's report stating he was ordered to stay off his feet for a week in early January.

Bieber's attorney Shawn Holley told a judge on Tuesday she expected the singer to complete community labor and anger management counseling — the remaining terms of his sentence — by his next court date on May 11.

The Grammy-nominated singer also cited time in the recording studio and the taping of several television programs as reasons for why he hadn't completed his sentence as planned, the report states.

Superior Court Judge Leland B. Harris said the report was favorable to the singer and followed the recommendation of probation officials to give Bieber more time to comply with the sentence.

Bieber, 20, remains on probation after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism in July.

He was ordered to complete five days of community service, attend 12 anger management sessions, and pay $80,900 to repair damage to his neighbor's home. He has paid the restitution and completed nine anger management sessions, according to the probation report.

Bieber "has displayed a cooperative attitude and has expressed a sincere desire to be more diligent in completing anger management and community labor," probation officer Darlene Montalvo wrote.

Bieber did not attend Tuesday's hearing.


Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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