There's been a false report circulating that Justin Bieber has worn out his welcome in his new neighborhood. Turns out, a local radio station pulled off a hoax that managed to trick several media outlets into thinking that a protest was being held to get the singer out of his digs in Atlanta's Buckhead area.
Bieber is currently renting the oddly-shaped mansion of music producer Dallas Austin. He hasn't even been there a month and according to TMZ's false report, neighbors drafted a "petition" and rallied a protest — scheduled for early Monday morning — to get him out.
The protest, put together by the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition (which was created to carry out the joke) reads in part, "We have worked hard to achieve our goals and get where we are. Justin Bieber's relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children."
The fake neighbor's coalition ended the cry for help with a final plea, "Please don't allow a child to ruin what we have worked so hard to obtain."
A group even collected near an Atlanta intersection early this morning and caught the attention of the local news, and a young fan was also on hand to show her support for the Canadian crooner. Later, the radio station fessed up to staging the whole thing.
Even though the protest wasn't real, the Biebs is pretty used to that form of backlash. Over 100,000 people signed a White House petition calling for him to be deported back to Canada. The act was fueled by Bieber's latest mishaps, which include turning himself in for attacking a driver in Canada and a Miami DUI arrest.
While past neighbors haven't been willing to give him a chance, Bieber is working to get back on track. The Atlanta move came after last month's intervention of sorts supported by Bieber's management team, his mother, Patti Mallette, and Usher. Bieber's first song about his very public turmoil, "Broken," was released online recently, and responds to much of the trouble that he's found himself in as of late.
On a legal front, he is preparing to take on the Miami Police Department over the DUI, drag racing, and resisting arrest charges. Lawyers for the 19-year-old rejected a plea deal that would've kept him out of jail, but required him to submit to random drug testing for up to nine months. If a trial proceeds, Bieber's defense will build a case around the arresting officer's record of misconduct and disparities revealed in the original police report.
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