Justin Bieber will finally head back to the U.S. next week after completing two tour dates in South Africa, but he may not want to rush back home too quickly.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Office is reportedly urging the District Attorney to charge Justin with battery in relation to the alleged spitting incident with his neighbor last March. Justin wouldn't go to jail if convicted, but he would officially have a criminal record and further damage his increasingly tarnished reputation.
The Biebs was confronted by his neighbor about racing his Ferrari through their gated community at three-digit speeds while children were coming home from school. He allegedly ordered the neighbor off his property, spit in his face and said, "I'm going to f**king kill you!"
Although spitting is a prosecutable offense and battery charges are punishable by up to six months in jail, the sheriff's office does not think Justin needs to be locked up. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that they will recommend mandatory counseling in light of Justin's increasingly bad behavior. They are reportedly worried that further aggressive incidents from the singer will result in consequences like "getting his ass kicked" or "someone's gonna get a $2 million payday."
However, a district attorney would only be able to prosecute Justin if there were solid witnesses and proof available. In other words, "your word against mine" isn't going to cut it. The other accusations of assault against Justin also can't be used as part of an argument in court.