Justin Bieber denies sexual assault allegations

Justin Bieber has denied an allegation of rape made on Twitter by an anonymous account over the weekend. Two accounts tweeted claims about incidents alleged to have happened in 2014 and 2015.

The account of one anonymous accuser has been removed from Twitter, but Justin Bieber responded to it, saying: “There is no truth to this story.”

The second account is still online. This account is not anonymous.

A spokesperson for Justin Bieber told Newsbeat they wouldn’t comment and had nothing to add to the singer’s tweets.

Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed. However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action.

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 22, 2020 Over the weekend, Riverdale actors also denied accusations of a sexual offence made by other anonymous accounts.

An account from a woman known only as Danielle detailed claims of an assault in Houston, Texas on 9 March 2014.

She says she was encouraged to come forward after seeing unrelated claims about an American actor online.

Danielle claims that after a surprise performance in front of a small crowd at a bar, Justin Bieber invited her and two friends to a Four Seasons hotel in Austin,Texas.

She says he took her to a private room where the sexual assault happened.

She says she did not tell anyone for years, but has now had “multiple therapy sessions” and spoken to close friends and family.

These tweets have been deleted but screengrabs of her comments continue to be shared.

Justin Bieber responded to the allegation “after talking with [his] wife and team”, with a denial.

As her story told I did surprise a crowd in Austin at Sxsw where I appeared on stage with my then assistant side stage and sang a few songs. What this person did not know was that I attended that show with my then gf Selena Gomez

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 22, 2020 In a series of tweets, the singer posted screenshots and articles from the night the alleged 2014 assault took place, which show him with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez.

He says they did not stay at the Four Seasons hotel but at an AirBnB with some friends.

He also shared a screenshot of a tweet which claimed he was spotted at the Four Seasons restaurant on 10 March, the day after the alleged assault. That Twitter account appears to have been deleted.

Newsbeat has contacted Four Seasons for comment.

The other reason this story might say I was staying at the four seasons was because a tweet from 2014 on March 10th not the the 9th says they saw me there . This is that tweet pic.twitter.com/piTHxjajvi

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 22, 2020 Justin Bieber has also shared screenshots of emails and receipts for an AirBnB and for the Westin hotel for the dates in question.

He says he was using the fake name Mike Lowery.

I won’t be using mike lowery anymore as an alias

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 22, 2020 Justin Bieber has not responded to a second allegation from a second person known as Kadi, who claims she was assaulted in a New York hotel in May 2015.

Newsbeat has asked his representatives for a response to this.

More anonymous allegations

On the same weekend, Justin retweeted actor Cole Sprouse, who was accused along with other members of the Riverdale cast, of sexual assault.

Those accusations came from other anonymous accounts and were denied by the cast.

Earlier today myself and three other cast mates were falsely accused of sexual offense by anonymous accounts on twitter. I take these accusations very seriously, and will be working with the right teams to get to the root of it. (1)

— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) June 22, 2020 Cole Sprouse added: “I take these accusations very seriously, and will be working with the right teams to get to the root of it.”

He was accused alongside co-stars Vanessa Morgan, Lili Reinhart, and KJ Apa.

False accusations do tremendous damage to victims of actual assault. Furthermore, I would never seek to silence anybody. I encourage that people look into the accusations themselves, as the events detailed were factually untrue. 2

— Cole M. Sprouse (@colesprouse) June 22, 2020 Brave enough to come forward with the truth. This kind of lie can ruin lives and careers- and I can call it a lie because the person who made the allegations already admitted that the stories were fabricated.

 

 

Source: BBC