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Justin Bieber’s fight with neighbor investigated by L.A. police

Canadian singer JustBieber performs during concert as part his 'I Believe' tour Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy (POPB) March 19 2013.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert as part of his "I Believe" tour at the Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy (POPB), on March 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Updated: April 28, 2013 6:06AM



As Los Angeles police investigated a neighbor’s claim Tuesday that he was attacked by Justin Bieber, a source close to the pop superstar expressed frustration about “Justin’s increasingly short fuse. … He’s got to learn to hold his temper in better check.”

Apparently, the accuser approached Bieber — on the singer’s property — to complain about loud parties the neighbor claimed had occurred during his European concert tour. The neighbor claimed Bieber began screaming at him and also made physical contact with him. As first reported by TMZ, the neighbor then proceeded to call the police and file a battery report against the singer.

Bieber’s camp denied any physical contact was made and insisted the singer’s security team peacefully escorted the neighbor off Bieber’s property.

“This all could have been averted if Justin had just kept his cool,” said the source. “But he probably was edgy and jet-lagged, having just flown in from overseas.”

COUPLES CRISES? While sources extremely close to both Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth say the couple are working hard to save their relationship, those same sources insist the Cyrus-Hemsworth wedding plans are still on track. “Nothing’s been called off. … Miley and Liam just wish the media would call off the dogs and give them some space while they work out some personal issues,” said a longtime Cyrus crony.

Despite Jennifer Hudson’s recent public appearances without her engagement ring — and fiancé David Otunga showing up at the premiere of his film “The Call” joined only joined by their son, David Jr. — I’ve been told the couple “are just fine. … They are still together.”

NOT INTERESTED: Major stars including Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Ryan Gosling — and even actress Blake Lively — are said to be unenthusiastic about pitches to star in any of the several film and TV projects based on the Oscar Pistorius story.Gosling’s name has surfaced due to his physical resemblance to the infamous Olympic “Blade Runner.” Ditto for South African native Theron and Lively — fueled

by looks that resemble Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’ live-in girlfriend and the woman he’s accused of shooting to death earlier this year.

“The best bet for casting any of these films or TV movies will be relative unknowns,” said a top Hollywood studio exec Tuesday. “That’s if they even make it to the production stage.”

HERO HOUR: Maj. Gen. John Borling will do a reading from his book, “Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton,” at the Chicago Cultural Center, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the “Hanoi Hilton” POWs. During his 6 1/2 years of imprisonment in Hanoi, Borling composed and memorized poetry and prose that he tapped out through the prison’s thick walls to fellow POWs — using a forbidden code to communicate with the others.

A NICE TOAST: Congrats to the good folks at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street, led by owner Ed Warm. The popular venue, often host to some of the nation’s top country acts, has been name “Nightclub of the Year’ by the Academy of Country Music, the North Side pub’s third time winning that honor. On top of that, Warm — long respected in Nashville for having a great ear for new talent — was a first-time honoree as “Promoter of the Year.”

Speaking of “toasts,” it’s nice to know that Mike Ditka’s former NFL competitor and fellow Hall of Famer Don Shula now stocks eight varieties of Da Coach’s wines in his Naples, Fla., restaurant. The wines were created by a partnership between Ditka and Lake Bluff-based Terlato Wines, which markets similar vintages branded for golfers Luke Donald, Jack Nicklaus and Ernie Els.

THE LAUGH TRACK: “Raising Hope” star and Andersonville native Lucas Neff is back in town during his hiatus from the popular sitcom and hanging out at iO Theatre on North Clark. Neff, also a regular out at iO West in L.A., will be sitting in for various shows at the improv mecca, beginning Wednesday night for the “Carl and the Passions” show.

FAMILY AFFAIR: All three members of the Chicago media trio of Papa Phil Ponce (WTTW-Channel 11) and sons Anthony (WMAQ-Channel 5) and Dan (WGN-Channel 9) — all lifelong Sox fans — will be on hand Monday at the Cell to sing the national anthem for the White Sox season opener against the Kansas City Royals.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Mark Wahlberg was spied dining at LuxBar, part of a promotion for AQUA­hydrate, a new bottled water company. The actor’s an investor. … Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery dined at Spiaggia Sunday with fiancé Keshia Chante. … Meanwhile Emery’s teammates Corey Crawford, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger made the seen at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House on Oak Street — making time to catch “March Madness” in the third floor bar. … For those who asked, yes, that was Gary Sinise lunching at Gibsons on Rush the other day, joined by his wife and daughter, Moira Harris and Sophia Sinise. Seth Meyers and (separately) Miss Illinois USA Stacie Juris were spotted dining at Quartino.

TUNE TIMES: Country star and “American Idol” season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will be back in our area for a Thursday gig at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Last year he won the new artist category at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards.

Fans of cabaret veterans Nan Mason and Terry Higgins will want to know the popular local mainstays will be back at Twelvewest nightclub, 12 W. Elm, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, and performing at the Palm Court of the Drake Hotel, at 9 p.m. April 20.



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