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Justin Bieber charged with assault in Canada

Justin Bieber is surrounded by fans, media and police as he turns himself in at a Toronto police station on Wednesday.


Justin Bieber is surrounded by fans, media and police as he turns himself in at a Toronto police station on Wednesday.



Can a day go by without Justin Bieber getting in trouble? Not Wednesday, when the Biebs was charged with assault in Canada, CBC News reports.

The embattled Boyfriend singer turned himself in at a Toronto police station to face charges stemming from an altercation with a limo driver in December.

Bieber attended a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game on Dec. 29, after which police say a passenger in his entourage of six hit the driver in the head several times, then left the scene before cops arrived.

At the time police said it was unclear whether Bieber or someone else was the subject of the complaint, but now the pop star has been charged with assault and is scheduled to appear in court on March 10.

"The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto today to face an allegation of assault relating to an incident on December 29, 2013," his lawyer said in a statement to People. "We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States."

Just last week the 19-year-old was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license in Miami Beach. The Biebs is due to be arraigned on Valentine’s Day, and he pleaded not guilty to all charges in that case on Wednesday.

Bieber does not have to be present during the arraignment, but his lawyer Mark Shapiro hasn’t said whether he will be there. You’ve been warned, Miami.

This all comes on the heels of a “Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card” petition reaching the 100,000 votes needed for the White House to respond. No joke. For the We the People petition to be considered, it had to garner 100,000 votes in 30 days. It took only six.

“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked,” the petition states. “He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”

The effort, however, is pretty much wasted. Bieber’s visa can’t be revoked unless he’s been convicted of a violent crime or sentenced to more than a year in prison, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Good try, though, America.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:38pm]


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