Pop star Justin Bieber, who was recently accused of attempted robbery, has taken to Twitter to defend himself and his character.
The 20-year-old Never Say Never singer had been silent about the accusations made by a woman who claimed he attempted to forcibly take her phone at the Sherman Oaks Castle Park in San Fernando Valley before eventually returning it.
The heatthrob spoke directly to his nearly 52 million Twitter followers, where he denied the rumors of the alleged crime, and explained the challenges of defending himself from gossip on a daily basis. He wrote:
It is hard to defend myself and my privacy every moment of the day. Then to see rumors. The truth will set u free pic.twitter.com/tYFzKYlcrF— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 15, 2014
Bieber argued that the claims made by the woman were false, and that he is a good person. He also thanked his fans and those who stood by him in trying times.
My mom raised me to be kind to others. I get judged, harassed, and I try to take the high road. Sometimes it isn't easy. But we keep trying— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 15, 2014
I will continue to be the man my mother raised. I love people and I will try to be kind even when things are not fair. Don't believe rumors— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 15, 2014
Thanks for those who stick by me and those that help me grow everyday. I love you.— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 15, 2014
Bieber concluded the series of tweets by assuring everyone that he is going to be able to deal with the new legal drama, and adds that he has "thick skin" and "can handle it."
Off to have fun and smile with friends. I'm human. I feel. I hurt. But I got thick skin too. I can handle it. I love you— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 15, 2014
News broke Tuesday evening that Bieber had been accused of attempted robbery, and that the claims were being investigated by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division. The police conducted an interview with the woman who made the accusation, but no arrest has been made and Bieber was not placed in police custody.
The incident allegedly occurred Monday evening at approximately 10:30 p.m., however police did not receive a complaint until Tuesday. The LAPD has not officially released any additional information.
This is one of a number of legal encounters Bieber has faced recently. He was arrested in January for allegedly driving under the influence in Miami, was charged with assault for allegedly hitting his limo driver in Toronto and was accused of felony vandalism for allegedly egging his neighbor's house.