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Justin Bieber Compares Himself To Michael Jackson After His Arrest
Justin Bieber is speaking out about his arrest through—what else?—Instagram.
The Biebs posted a photo from yesterday that shows him sitting on top of an SUV and waving to his fans just after he posted bail for his arrest in Miami. It's posted side-by-side with a photo of Michael Jackson getting on top of an SUV outside a courthouse during his molestation trial.
We get it: the Biebs is comparing himself to the King of Pop. But comparing himself to Jackson at that time and place in his career doesn't seem like the most flattering comparison. He added the caption: "'What more can they say' ♛"
Some of the most interesting comments (should you feel Justin Bieber is worthy of discussion) come from model Carmen Ortega, who spent time with the singer on Tuesday night at a strip club. She had a heart-to-heart talk with him and told the New York Daily News that he was a "normal dude" who is "under so much pressure.” Ortega said, “He really cares what people say. He was saying that all this attention is ruining his career. He was really sad. He said, ‘I hate it that people make out I’m a bad guy, there’s so much media pressure. I’m not a bad guy, I’m just being me.'"
In the meantime, it sounds like Bieber wasn't actually all that drunk at the time of his arrest. TMZ reported that police originally told them Bieber's blood alcohol level was 0.04, when it turned out to be just 0.014 (leading the site to question whether cops actually smelled alcohol on his breath). That means he probably had about a beer in his system and managed to still be under .02, the legal limit for drivers under 21 in Florida. That doesn't mean Bieber wasn't intoxicated while driving: he copped to smoking weed and taking prescription drugs that evening.