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Justin Bieber took to Twitter over the weekend to deny an anonymous woman’s allegations of sexual assault, sharing hotel receipts and news articles to support his claims.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, a woman who identified herself as Danielle wrote that Bieber, 26, sexually assaulted her in 2014 after she and her friends were invited to his room at the Four Seasons hotel in Austin, Texas, following a performance, USA Today reports. The user who posted the tweet has since deleted their account, according to the outlet.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Bieber called the claims “factually impossible,” and then established a timeline of events as proof that he was not at the Four Seasons at the time of the alleged sexual assault. He also claimed that there were witnesses — including his former girlfriend, singer Selena Gomez — who were with him at the time.
"I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight," Bieber began his statement.
He wrote in another tweet, "Rumors are rumors but sexual abuse is something I don’t take lightly. 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."
Danielle claimed that the assault took place on March 9, 2014, according to screenshots of the initial claims posted by @PopCrave on Twitter. She and two friends traveled to Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden after hearing that Bieber would be attending a surprise event there, she said. Following the performance, she and her friends were approached by a man who offered to arrange for them to meet the singer; they met and posed for photos, and then were invited to his room at the Four Seasons, where Danielle was left alone with Bieber, she said. He began to kiss her, and removed her clothes; despite her protests, he then raped her, she alleged.
In his response, Bieber claimed that he was not even present at the Four Seasons on the day the rape is alleged to have taken place.
“I want to be clear. There is no truth to this story,” he wrote. He went on to say that while he did hold a surprise performance in Austin that day, he was there with Gomez, a statement he supported by linking to an article about the former couple attending the show together and by sharing fan-taken photos of him and Gomez out and about in public that night. The next article he shared stated that he and Gomez did not arrive in the Austin area “until late in the night,” he said.
He then addressed his accuser’s reference of the Four Seasons hotel, pointing to another fan tweet from that year — consisting of a fan reporting a sighting of Bieber at the Four Seasons restaurant, not the hotel — as the possible inspiration for that detail. He also claimed that he and his team confirmed with a regional manager at the Four Seasons that he was never a guest at the hotel on the dates in question.
“However, I never stayed at the four seasons on the 9th or the 10th,” he said, before explaining that he, Gomez, and some of their friends stayed at an Airbnb that night and got a room at the Westin the following night. Alongside those claims, he posted photos of the relevant hotel and Airbnb receipts.
In one of his final tweets, Bieber said that Gomez left on the 10th and he booked the room for himself and friends, but ended up leaving early, on the 11th, to go back home.
In his final tweet on the subject, Bieber stated that he will be taking legal action against his accuser, writing, “Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed. However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action.”
Gomez has not publicly addressed the claims regarding her ex-boyfriend. Bieber’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA Today.
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