Source: Prosecutor to announce egging charge against Justin Bieber

Source: Prosecutor to announce egging charge against Justin Bieber
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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 5:13pm

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- "Today is the day" a Los Angeles prosecutor will charge Justin Bieber with vandalism in the egging of his neighbor's mansion, a source involved in the case told CNN on Monday.

The Los Angeles County district attorney has been considering the case since February, when sheriff's investigators recommended that Bieber, 20, be charged with felony vandalism for the January incident.

The vandalism case is what lawyers call a "wobbler," meaning the district attorney must decide if it will be prosecuted as a felony -- which could have much more serious consequences for the singer -- or as a misdemeanor. There was no indication which charge would be filed against Bieber, the source said.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney declined to confirm the report. "When something happens, we will let everyone know at the same time," Jane Robison told CNN on Monday.

The family living in the mansion next to Bieber's in an exclusive Calabasas, California, neighborhood accused the singer of tossing eggs from his yard onto their home.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are pushing for a felony charge, based on the estimated $20,000 in damage caused by the eggs.

Bieber attorneys met with prosecutors in March to argue that since the egging was "a silly prank" and Bieber has no criminal record, it should be treated as a misdemeanor, two sources at the time said.

Bieber, 20, has since moved from the neighborhood, selling the mansion to Khloe Kardashian.

The same prosecutor decided last week not to charge Bieber with a felony robbery charge, despite a woman's claim the singer tried to steal her cell phone last month. The incident at a miniature golf course on May 12 "does not warrant felony prosecution," according to a prosecutor's document obtained by CNN on Thursday.

That case has been passed on to the Los Angeles city attorney to decide if a misdemeanor charge will be filed against Bieber, according to the "evaluation worksheet" released by the prosecutor's office.

Bieber's drunken driving charge in MIami is also still pending, although a source close to that case said talks are under way to reach a plea deal to avoid a trial.

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