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UPDATE: Bieber charged with assault in Toronto

Justin Bieber arrived at 52 Division Wednesday evening to face the charge, connected to an incident on Dec 30

Justin Bieber arrives at Toronto police's 52 Div station
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Justin Bieber has been charged in Toronto with assault after police allege he assaulted limousine driver.
    
The 19-year-old pop star was escorted by several police officers and a bodyguard through a teeming crowd of journalists and screaming fans when he arrived at Toronto police's 52 Division on Dundas St. on Wednesday evening.
    
Bieber was charged with one count of assault and is scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on March 10.
    
Police allege Bieber was one of six people who were picked up by a limousine from a nightclub in the Peter and Adelaide Street area, in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, and there was an altercation while en route to a hotel.
    
Police say during the altercation one of the passengers hit the limo driver in the back of the head several times.

Police say the driver stopped the limo and called 911. By the time officers arrived, the person who had assaulted the driver had taken off.
    
Bieber turned himself in to police and spent about two hours in the station before slipping out a back exit.

Lawyer Seth Weinstein confirmed to NewsTalk 1010, that he and Brian Greenspan are representing Justin Bieber.

They released this statement:

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

Our position is that Mr. Bieber is innocent. As the matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to address the specifics of either the allegation or of the defence at this time."

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  1. Mike posted on 01/29/2014 06:39 PM
    14:59 Justin.
  2. Ernie posted on 01/29/2014 08:47 PM
    Just think - he was named after Justin Trudeau
    1. Mark7 posted on 01/29/2014 09:22 PM
      @Ernie Just like Twinkle Toes Trudeau Beiber is also a punk child.
  3. Michael posted on 01/29/2014 09:02 PM
    The kid is a lot more courageous and honest than Mayor Blob.
    1. Mark7 posted on 01/29/2014 09:22 PM
      @Michael You are pathetic.
    2. Jack posted on 01/30/2014 12:17 PM
      @Michael Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a bitter Art History major! Capable of producing a skinny half-caf no-foam latte in under six seconds and cramming a reference to the duly elected Mayor into any issue no matter HOW irrelevant!
  4. Mike from the hinterland posted on 01/29/2014 09:08 PM
    Drunk driving, racing, resisting arrest, assault and suspended license. DUI may be with drugs. He is building his rap sheet! Time for Judge Judy to up smack in the head!
    1. Me posted on 01/30/2014 12:00 AM
      @Mike from the hinterland He definitely needs a smack on the head. Tired of seeing his face !!!!
  5. gayforford posted on 01/29/2014 09:40 PM
    Beiber was doing the #rob fording Mayor Ford would be proud. Loving all the attention toronto is getting wow both Ford and Beiber being served with complaints.
  6. AC posted on 01/29/2014 11:12 PM
    the Biebs family isn't somehow related to the Fords are they?
  7. john posted on 01/30/2014 10:50 AM
    who cars i got better things to do then worrie about some rich spoiled brat
  8. john posted on 01/30/2014 10:55 AM
    i would love to see that cop that looks pissed in the pic beat the crap out of him .
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/30/2014 11:00 AM
      @john ...you mean the cop that looks wild-eyed and bewildered.
      He looks like he's a deer caught in the headlights- or in this case, camera flashes.
      It shows the difference between the cop and the Biebs. The Biebs is so used to it, he's not even ruffled. The poor cop, on the other hand, looks overwhelmed.
  9. Karl Burgin posted on 01/30/2014 10:57 AM
    Yup...I like how the media are trying to tie in Bieber's antics with Rob Ford. It started with the Motts last week. And I told them they were willfully being stupid (as much as I love them), if they were falling for that garbage.
    Between Justin Bieber and Ford, there is no comparison. And I'm not buying it either. And its not only because I'm a Ford supporter. But the parallels between these two, while it could be argued that they are similar, it is VERY weak at best.

    For Justin Bieber, this is all purposeful, and its all about image- probably encouraged with the blessing of his publicist, agent, and his entourage. He wants to be a bad boy, and it's working- this is evidenced by the screaming fans outside of 52 division. And hearing teen girls saying that Justin is being unjustly pressured, and he has a hard life. I almost gagged when I heard that- partly out of amusement, and partly out of pity, that girls that believe the hype are so gullible.
    And what celebrity stops puts a hold on their life, to deal with some small charge- unless it was meant to be played before the cameras. Only to be broadcasted on TMZ, and ET.
    This is all being carefully constructed. Think about it. Bieber is a golden goose, and he still has many money-making years left. And believe me, I'm no fan- probably heard his songs once or twice playing in the background. But, back to the point, do you think its in his agent's best interests that he goes so far, that it would be to the point of no return. I highly doubt it. I'm not sure if his "mentors" are directly influencing him in this, but those who work around him are.
    Bieber is leaving his teens soon, so this is transition time, and it's all about re-branding. He isn't going to be a teen sensation anymore when he hits 20- he has to make way for One Direction, and other boy sensations that may take his place.

    This is all part of the Hollywood machine. I believe they've learned their lessons with Lindsay Lohan. Now she's just wasted talent, and haven't seen anything from her in a while. I highly doubt they will make the same mistake with Justin. Too much money involved.

    To borrow a line from Kevin O'Leary: Just follow the money. And that's the cold hard truth....
  10. kenfromcanada posted on 01/30/2014 01:10 PM
    I wonder how many of us here, given a multi million windfall at OUR AGES, not 18 or 19, would behave. To whit: look at how many people whom have won large lottery's - today are broke!

    This kid - is a KID - and is acting like one.

    Could use a 'talking to'.

    lololol
    1. Angry Bill posted on 01/31/2014 12:38 PM
      @kenfromcanada If I won millions, I'd probably send most of it on women and booze. And I'd probably waste the rest.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 01/31/2014 12:38 PM
      @kenfromcanada *spend.. darn speed typing.
  11. john posted on 02/01/2014 10:57 AM
    Angry Bill if i had that money i would use at to buy the fastest computer in the world get online and kick everybody s ass in cod wm3 .
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