Paparazzo Killed While Following Justin Bieber's Ferrari on New Year's Day (VIDEO)
The teenage superstar was not in the sports car when it was pulled over on Getty Center Drive Tuesday evening; today, he released a statement about the incident.
"While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Beiber said. "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."
“Justin Bieber was not inside the Ferrari, and at present we are not releasing the name of the victim as investigations are still on-going”
It is not believed that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident. One of Bieber’s friends was driving the Ferrari when it was pulled over.
The teenage pop star was pulled over for driving recklessly on the Ventura 101 Freeway. At the time, he told authorities he was trying to get away from the paparazzi.
Raef was subsequently charged under a 2010 anti-paparazzi law aimed at cracking down on photographers who chase celebrities; however the judge threw out the two charges against him because he felt the law was "problematic."