MIAMI: Dressed in baggy black shorts, a hooded sweatshirt and bright red sneakers, Justin Bieber wobbles as he walks the line.
The scene, captured on internal surveillance video, took place inside the Miami Beach police station, where the Canadian singer was being given a sobriety test last month. Bieber appeared to walk unsteadily, though he never staggered noticeably or collapsed as police officers watched.
Still, the video — among scores of clips released by prosecutors on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) — is one of the key pieces of evidence in the driving-under-the-influence case against the bad-boy pop star.
Seated nearby, also in a hooded sweatshirt, appears to be Khalil Sharieff, a 19-year-old recording artist who was arrested along with Bieber last month.
Prosecutors released the videos, on nine CDs, to a line of reporters who paid $135 each for the evidence.
The release of the videos came one day after Bieber’s defense team said it would not object to prosecutors releasing more than 10-plus hours of video footage — with the exception of five video clips that may show Bieber urinating at the Miami Beach police station.
In the videos released Wednesday, Bieber is shown chatting with cops and even doing push-ups in a cell.
As reporters were picking up videos, Bieber’s high-powered legal team of Roy Black and Mark Shapiro were seen walking into the State Attorney’s Office.
Last week, Miami-Dade prosecutors explained to them the terms of the “Back on Track” program for first-time DUI offenders, which entails drug testing, community service and fines. There was no formal offer, and so far no deals have been accepted by Bieber’s team.
Officers arrested Bieber on Jan. 23 on a charge of driving under the influence. Officers accuse Bieber, 19, of drag racing in a high-powered Lamborghini on a street closed off by his security team.
According to police, the pop star admitted to smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication, and a urine analysis showed he tested positive for marijuana and Xanax.
Under Florida’s liberal public records law, most evidence in a criminal case can be released to the media once it has been turned over to the defense team. At a hearing last week, Bieber’s legal team insisted that several clips, which showed Bieber urinating for a drug test, should be exempt from public view.
Lawyers for the media, including the Miami Herald, insisted that reporters weren’t out to air Bieber’s genitalia, but simply to protect the public’s right to evidence under Florida law.
Judge William Altfield will view the disputed videos, and review more court filings, before making a decision on March 4.
THE MIAMI HERALD