Justin Bieber’s alleged egg prank caused extensive damage to a neighbour’s house, police
What started as an investigation into a wholesome-sounding egg-throwing prank involving the teen idol Justin Bieber took a more sordid turn when D.E.A agents raided his home on a vandalism charge arrested a member of his entourage for alleged possession of cocaine.
The rapper Lil Za – real name Xavier Smith – was taken into custody in lieu of a $20,000 bail charge.
Lieutenant David Thompson, one of 20 detectives who searched Bieber’s home on an official warrant investigating the singer’s alleged egg assault on a neighbour’s home, said the drugs allegedly belonging to the 20-year-old were in plain sight.
Bieber does not seem to have good neighbourly relations in the gated California community where he lives – a celebrity-dense enclave called Calabasas 30 miles (48km) from downtown Los Angeles.
Detectives were investigating claims that the Canadian pop star had pelted a neighbouring property with eggs – a prank that could potentially have caused several thousands of dollars in damage to a custom woodwork exterior.
“I get that the eggs don’t seem that significant, but it does rise to the level of a felony,” said Thompson. “There is a victim in this case who has had extensive damage done to their home, and that’s a serious incident.”