The 21-year-old model Chantel Jeffreis, who rode shotgun in Justin Bieber’s rented Lamborghini when he was arrested for DUI, released a statement regarding New York Daily News and Daily Mail articles that claimed her rap sheet lists five arrests, including one in February 2011 for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
Chantel tells E! News in a statement: I have been overwhelmed by the negative attention I have recently received in the media. My family and I are particularly upset about the false accusations which have been published concerning my criminal history.
For the record, I have not been arrested five times as has been stated in the media, nor am I guilty of physically assaulting anyone, in any way shape or form. I am a full-time student who had enjoyed a normal lifestyle, free from public scrutiny and criticism, until now. What has happened to me is wrong. I want people in general, and the media in particular, to consider the impact their disparaging comments have on the individual; especially when their comments are inaccurate.She does not deny all of the alleged arrests. According to TMZ, Chantel was arrested when at age 18 for a misdemeanor assault, but the case was later dismissed due to insufficient evidence. Other than that, her lawyer says she’s only had “traffic violations.”
She was in talks to appear on NBC’s Today earlier in the week, she confirmed via Twitter, to “talk not about Justin, about false allegations against me only.” That interview fell through.
She was also accused of trying to earn $20,000 for selling her story.
She tweeted: “I would never sell my story. It’s a hard thing, knowing who to truly trust.”