Judge Judy slams Justin Bieber

Judge Judy Sheindlin, pictured in April 2012.
Judge Judy Sheindlin, pictured in April 2012. Getty Images

TORONTO — Judge Judy Sheindlin has issued her verdict against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber: He’s guilty of acting like a fool.

The 71-year-old, whose courtroom show Judge Judy dominates the daytime ratings, slammed Bieber during an interview with CBS News in Los Angeles.

“Being a celebrity is a gift. You can either treat it reverently or you can make a fool out of yourself,” Sheindlin said. “And he’s doing a very good job of making a fool out of himself.”

The judge said Bieber’s behaviour and recent arrests in Miami Beach and Toronto are nothing to laugh about.

“It’s sad. Nobody’s going to remember that he was a marginal singer but they’re going to remember a young kid who had a chance to have it all and is blowing it by acting like a fool.”

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In an interview with Philadelphia radio station Mix 106.1 earlier in the month, Sheindlin said she would tell Bieber he is likely a disappointment to the people who helped make him successful.

“You sing alright. You’re no Sinatra,” she said, “but people are going to remember that you’re an idiot.”

She added: “If that’s what you want to leave as a footprint in life, that you’re a fool… [you’re] doing a really good job.”

Sheindlin also downplayed Bieber’s talent. “We’re not talking about Pavarotti. He’s a singer, he caught on, he had great PR at the beginning and all was wonderful,” she said. “And then he started to believe his own press. Just stupid.”