Justin Bieber has denied an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2014, backing up his defence with receipts, emails, social media and press reports.
On Saturday night, a woman posted from an anonymous Twitter account claiming that the Canadian singer allegedly assaulted her at a Four Seasons hotel in Austin, Tex., on March 9, 2014 — the year Bieber made a surprise appearance at the South By Southwest music festival.
In his response, Bieber wrote on Twitter on Sunday night:
“I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight.
“Rumors are rumors but sexual abuse is something I don’t take lightly. I wanted to speak out right away but out of respect to so many victims who deal with these issues daily I wanted to make sure I gathered the facts before I made any statement.”
Bieber wrote “there is no truth to this story” and provided emails, receipts and articles showing he stayed at an Airbnb on the night of the alleged assault and at a Westin hotel the next night. The singer says he stayed with his then-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, and their friends at the time.
These photos clearly show me on stage with my assistant sidestage and the other with both of us in the streets of Austin afterwards on March 9 2014
Furthermore I stayed with Selena and our friends at an airbnb on the 9th and on the 10th stayed at a Westin because our hotel reservation at LÀ Quinta and not the four seasons was messed up. Here are the receipts for the hotel on the 10th
We have also confirmed with the Four Seasons regional manager that I was never on property on the 9th of March 2014 and never a guest on the 9th or the 10th and I welcome all press to inquire with them if needed or wanted.
Bieber said it’s impossible that his alleged incident took place, but he believes every sexual assault claim should be taken seriously. He also noted that he’s planning to take legal action against the claim.
“Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed,” he wrote. “However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action.”