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  • 24 January 2014, 10:54

Bieber Arrest Follows Year Of Controversy

Justin Bieber found fame at the age of 14 after a talent manager saw videos of him performing on YouTube.

Since then he has sold millions of records, won awards and has a global fan base, called Beliebers.

But even before his arrest in Miami for driving under the influence, he was having brushes with the law, annoying fans with late appearances and drawing controversy for his behaviour.

In March 2013 he was booed by hundreds of fans and their parents when he arrived nearly two hours late for a sold-out concert at London's O2. He blamed a technical fault for the late appearance.

During his London stop, he also lashed out at a photographer in a foul-mouthed rant. "Rough week," he later tweeted.

That same month he was reportedly kicked out of one of Paris's most prestigious hotels for bad behaviour.

He was also questioned by customs officials after he flew his pet monkey into Germany from the US on a private plane without the correct papers.

The pet, a capuchin called Mally, is thought to have been given to the singer for his 19th birthday by music producer Jamal Rashid. Mally was quarantined and it was later suggested he should be placed in a zoo.

In April 2013 Bieber was criticised for saying that he hoped Holocaust victim Anne Frank "would have been a belieber".

The Canadian singer wrote in the guestbook at Anne's former home in Amsterdam: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."

On tour in Sweden a few weeks later, a stun gun and drugs were allegedly found on his tour bus.

An officer on crowd duty told Sky News they had smelled marijuana on the vehicle. No one was arrested.

In May 2013 thieves broke into a stadium in South Africa hours after Bieber performed there, and made off with thousands of pounds in cash.

Weeks later he was reportedly chased back to his California home by furious former American footballer Keyshawn Johnson after allegedly speeding around his gated community in a white Ferrari.

Police investigated the singer over reckless driving.

In July, Bieber telephoned Bill Clinton to say sorry for cursing him and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen earlier in the year.

A video posted on TMZ.com also allegedly showed the singer urinating in a mop bucket as he and others raced through the restaurant.

In November the pop star stormed off stage at a gig in Brazil after being hit by a water bottle.

He was then investigated by police over claims he sprayed graffiti on the wall of a hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Graffiti also got him in trouble in Australia, where he was told to clean spray-painted cartoon heads off the wall of the QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise in Queensland.

In December the 19-year-old's grandmother denied the singer needed rehab treatment following an eventful year.

Diane Dale, who was among several of the singer's family to attend the premiere of his new film in Los Angeles, said the media had been "terrible" to him as he travelled the world on his global tour.

"There are so many lies going around," she said.

"A little bit is true but most of it is lies. It's terrible."

He then announced that he was retiring from music.

But 2014 did not start off well after the singer and his friends were accused of causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to a neighbour's home after throwing eggs at it.

The star's home was raided by police and his friend, Lil Za, a 20-year-old rapper whose real name is Xavier Smith, was held on suspicion of cocaine possession.

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