Justin Bieber was accused of sexual assault in a now-deleted Twitter thread that described a distrubing encounter between the singer and a fan back in 2014. Bieber is now denying the claims with some evidence of his own.
Last night, Bieber logged on to Twitter to address the allegations made against him, a young woman named Danielle claimed that Bieber had raped her in a hotel room following a concert six years ago. The singer denied that the incident had occurred and said that he found it necessary to speak up because of the gravity of the accusation being spread online.
“Sexual abuse is something I don’t take lightly,” wrote Bieber. “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.”
The thread provides evidence against the original claims of the assault, which supposedly took place in a Four Seasons hotel in Austin, Texas during the South by Southwest music festival in 2014. Bieber stated that while he had been at the Four Seasons in question, it was only to have dinner at the location’s restaurant.
He stated that he was at a local Airbnb with then-girlfriend Selena Gomez under the alias “Mike Lowery” until he moved to spend a night at a different hotel in the city. Bieber shared screenshots and evidence that seemed to back up his claims, with dated emails confirming his stay at the Airbnb as well as receipts from the hotel he briefly hung out in.
“Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed,” he concluded in his thread. “However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action. “