Pilots of a private jet taking Justin Bieber and his entourage to the Super Bowl were forced to wear oxygen masks because they feared inhaling some of the copious marijuana fumes alleged to have been present in the cabin, according to a law enforcement report.
The captain of the plane, who made repeated requests for the passengers to stop smoking during the trip last Friday, was so concerned about Bieber and his father, Jeremy's "extremely abusive" behaviour towards a flight attendant that he moved her away from them, according to an incident report first disclosed by NBC News.
The troubled 19-year-old star and his party were heading to New York for the Super Bowl and related celebrations. A law enforcement official told the Guardian that when Bieber's jet landed at Teterboro, a small New Jersey airport 12 miles west of Manhattan last Friday, it was met by officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Customs and Border Protection agency and police. The source said there was still marijuana smoke inside the cabin but no remaining traces of the drug were found.
Bieber and his party were also stopped and questioned, but later released. "No action was taken because no marijuana was found," the official told the Guardian, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The flight attendant told investigators that Bieber and his father were "extremely abusive" to her, and said she would not work on another flight with them. The official could not confirm whether the flight attendant intended to take any further action.
Meridian Air Charter, which reportedly flew the Bieber party from Waterloo, Ontario, to New Jersey on a luxury Gulfstream IV, did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
NBC quoted the official report of the incident, which said: "The captain of the flight stated that he warned the passengers, including Bieber, on several occasions to stop smoking marijuana."
It added: "The captain also stated he needed to request that the passengers stop their harassing behaviour toward the flight attendant and after several warnings asked the flight attendant to stay with him near the cockpit to avoid any further abuse."
When contacted by the Guardian, a spokesman from Customs and Border Protection declined to talk about the issue, citing privacy reasons.
In January, Bieber was charged with drunk-driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid licence after police watched him race a yellow Lamborghini on a Miami street. Later that month, he was charged with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto. He is also under investigation over several incidents of vandalism and of lashing out at a photographer.
Rolling Stone magazine reported on Monday that Bieber's former bodyguard has dropped a lawsuit against him for an assault which allegedly took place after a concert in 2012.
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