Justin Bieber apologises to Bill Clinton after restaurant incident
Justin Bieber has apologised by phone to Bill Clinton, the former US president's office said, for cursing Clinton and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen earlier this year.
The pop star also had repercussions from a tour stop in Chicago earlier this week when city officials said Bieber was listed as an underage guest on a citation that police issued to a nightclub.
Clinton's office said the pop star called and "he apologised and offered to help the Clinton Foundation". Clinton's office declined to provide any other details.
A video released on Wednesday by gossip website TMZ.com shows the 19-year-old Bieber urinating in a mop bucket as he and others race through the restaurant kitchen. Before exiting, Bieber sprays a photo of Clinton with cleaning fluid and swears in reference to the former president.
Addressing his more than 41 million Twitter followers, Bieber thanked Clinton "for taking the time to talk". "Your words meant alot. #greatguy," he wrote.
There was no word on whether Bieber apologised to the luckless cleaner whose mop bucket he borrowed.
Separately, Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection spokeswoman Jennifer Lipford confirmed that the 19-year-old Bieber was listed as an underage guest on a citation of Bodi nightclub. Police cited the club early on Wednesday for admitting and knowingly having an underage person in the establishment, she said.
Bodi issued a statement saying Bieber made a brief appearance to support a friend who is a DJ and was performing at the nightclub. The club said Bieber was not served alcohol. The legal drinking age in the US is 21.
"Neither Justin nor anyone affiliated with Bodi broke any laws," the statement said. "We believe this matter amounts to a simple misunderstanding with local police officers."