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Justin Bieber Is 'Making a Fool Out of Himself,' Says Judge Judy

"Nobody's going to remember that he was a marginal singer," she says

Justin Bieber, Judge Judy
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February 26, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Judge Judy views Justin Bieber like any of the recalcitrant defendants who pass through her courtroom. In a recent interview with CBS Los Angeles, the nails-tough judge had some typically strong words for the pop star. "Being a celebrity is a gift," she said. "You could either treat it reverently or you could make a fool out of yourself. And he's doing a very good job of making a fool out of himself." She chuckles.

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"I think it's sad," she continues. "And nobody's going to remember that he was a marginal singer. But they're going to remember a young kid who had a chance to have it all and who is blowing it by acting like a fool."

In between dealing with legal drama like his recent DUI arrest and turning himself in for an alleged limo-driver assault, Bieber attempted to remind people that he is indeed a marginal singer, as Judy put it. Earlier this week, the 19-year-old released a new song titled "Broken," which bore lyrics like "I guess they want a reaction but I ain't gonna give it to them."

But he will soon have to muster up some kind of reaction for his DUI trial, which will begin next month in Miami. Luckily for Bieber (maybe), Judge Judith Sheindlin films her show in Los Angeles, nearly 3,000 miles away from Dade Country, so he will just have to witness her finger waving at him online.

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