A Miami-Dade County judge has ruled that video of Justin Bieber taking a urine test will be released, but with the singer’s genitalia censored, The Associated Press reports. Two of the five new clips show Bieber taking the drug test after he was arrested in Miami in January for drunk driving. Attorneys for several media outlets including the AP, The Miami Herald and CBS television stations requested the clips under Florida’s public records law, which allows most evidence in a criminal case to be turned over to the media after it’s been given to the defense team.
Respecting Bieber’s privacy, however, was still tantamount. Media attorneys said news organizations would never show the singer’s private parts, and added that the ruling would protect the 20-year-old from Internet leaks: “It’s more about what someone in the private sector might do,” said Scott Ponce, attorney for the Herald and CBS.
“Mr. Bieber’s right to privacy is paramount,” Judge William Altfield added. “He has not lost his right to privacy, and that is what is important here.”
There’s no official word on when the new clips will be released. The videos do follow several others, released last week under the same open records laws, that show Bieber stumbling during a sobriety test and doing push-ups in his jail cell.
Bieber is facing charges of drunk driving, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest (he allegedly swore at police officers after failing Breathalyzer test). Bieber’s attorneys have already filed a written plea of not guilty, though a trial date has yet to be set.
Bieber may also face felony vandalism charges in a separate incident stemming from accusations that he egged his neighbor’s house. That incident led to a raid and search of Bieber’s own home, which resulted in the arrest of friend Lil Za, for felony drug possession charges.
You can go inside Bieber’s fall from the top in our new cover story, which chronicles the young star’s early signs of stress to the bad influence of his father and a recent “non-intervention” that found Bieber’s mom, manager Scooter Braun and early supporter Usher trying to help get the singer back on track.