Eggs-tra! Eggs-tra! Justin Bieber house raided

Posted: January 16, 2014

DETECTIVES searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the perpetually partying pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said yesterday.

One break, and detectives believe they can crack the case.

( Tattle question(s): How did eggs cause thousands of dollars of damage? How many did he throw? How hard did he throw them [no one ever confused the Biebs with Steve Carlton]? Were they extra-extra large?)

( Tattle answer: The house Bieber allegedly egged had custom wood and other expensive features.)

The dozen or so investigators searching la casa Bieber, while not finding eggsactly what they were looking for, did arrest Lil Za (a/k/a Xavier Smith), a member of the Bieber posse, on suspicion of cocaine possession, Lt. David Thompson said. TMZ.com later reported that the alleged cocaine may actually be Molly, a form of Ecstasy.

Jail records show Za was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Thompson said the cocaine linked to him was in plain sight when detectives searched Bieber's house.

Bieber was at the home and cooperated with authorities but was not interviewed. Thompson said he expected the singer to speak with detectives when his attorney could be present.

"He has not been arrested, nor has he been exonerated," Thompson said of Bieber. No, but Justin does want the whole thing ova.

Thompson declined to describe what evidence detectives took from Bieber's home, but said the emphasis wasn't on what was in the pop star's refrigerator. Nor are the gumshoes putting all their eggs in one basket.

"I get that the eggs don't seem that significant, but it does rise to the level of a felony," Thompson said. "There is a victim in this case who has extensive damage done to their home. And that's a serious incident."

TATTBITS

Marvin Gaye's children have settled claims against a music company owned by Sony over Robin Thicke's Grammy-nominated hit song "Blurred Lines."

Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed but our guess is Sony got to give it up.

* Speaking of Robin Thicke, he'll join Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Phish and Christina Aguilera at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

They must be the heritage part because they ain't jazz.

In all, about 5,000 entertainers will play the festival on about a dozen stages April 25-May 4.

Ashlee Simpson, previously married to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, is ready to give marriage another try with Evan Ross, son of Diana Ross.

The pair announced their engagement Monday on Twitter.

She's 29. He's 25. She has a 5-year-old son, Bronx, from her first marriage.

* About 45 minutes have been cut from "The Wolf of Wall Street" for Dubai audiences, or a quarter of the film, leaving many viewers disappointed and confused.

Dubai moviegoers said all profanities - and there are a s---load of them - were bleeped. One woman wrote on her Facebook page that she and her friend walked out after about 40 minutes because they felt the movie was incoherent and unwatchable.

Ciara is pregnant with her first child.

The R&B singer showed her baby bump yesterday on "The View." Ciara is engaged to rapper-singer-producer Future.

They have been dating for a year.

* It's awards season so it's time for a shout-out to our favorite awards: the Hatchet Jobs.

That's the British prize honoring the year's most cutting book reviews.

(Hey, if your book got a bad review it probably needs cutting.)

Eight finalists announced yesterday include A.A. Gill's verdict on Autobiography by former Smiths lead singer Morrissey - "utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likability" - and Peter Kemp's dismissal of Donna Tartt's best-selling novel The Goldfinch: "a turkey."

The award was established in 2011 by literary website The Omnivore to honor "the angriest, funniest, most trenchant" review published in a newspaper or magazine.

The shortlist also includes David Sexton's unimpressed review of Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries and Hedley Twidle's verdict on Paul Theroux's African travelogue The Last Train to Zona Verde - "offensive and plain bizarre."

The winner will be announced Feb. 11.

Shakespeare's Globe in London is adding a couple of innovations in its quest to give audiences a sense of theater as it was 400 years ago: a roof and candles. Hundreds and hundreds of candles.

"They're not cheap," Globe chief executive Neil Constable said of the candles. "We've had to create a new budget line."

By the pricking of my thumbs/ Something wick this way comes.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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