One of the paparazzi alleged to have chased
teen singing sensation Justin Bieber in his chromed out Fisker Karma
though Los Angeles earlier this month is now facing criminal charges.
At the time, Bieber was pulled over by police on the 101 Freeway near Studio City after onlookers reported him in for speeding.
Bieber is alleged to have said to a 911 respondent prior to being pulled over that he was trying to escape paparazzi chasing him. He was later given a ticket by police for driving in excess of 80 mph and driving recklessly.
Now, 30-year-old Paul Raef, alleged to have been one of the paparazzi chasing Bieber, has been charged for reckless driving, failing to obey the lawful order of a peace officer, two counts of following another vehicle too closely and reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, according to a statement from the L.A. city attorney's office.
The license plate on a Toyota RAV4 owned by Raef was allegedly identified by Bieber as belonging to one of the vehicles that were chasing him.
Raef could now be facing up to a year in jail and fines totaling $3,500. The harsher penalty, the Los Angeles Times
reports, is due to new anti-paparazzi laws recently introduced in California.
Raef’s is the first case under the new laws. He is due to face court on August 9.