Justin Bieber Charged With Assault of Limo Driver in Toronto After DUI Arrest in Miami

Celebrity News Jan. 30, 2014 AT 7:30AM
Justin Bieber Less than a week after his DUI arrest in Miami, Justin Bieber has been charged with assault in Toronto Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Justin Bieber's bad year continues to get worse. Less than a week after his DUI arrest in Miami, the 19-year-old "Heartbreaker" singer has been charged with assault in connection with an alleged incident involving a limo driver in Toronto last December. 

The Canadian superstar turned himself in on Wednesday, Jan. 29. After spending about an hour and a half at the police station, he was released and left through a back exit, the Associated Press reports. He is now scheduled to appear back in court on Monday, March 10.

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"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," Bieber's rep said in a statement to Us Weekly. "We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States."

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

Per Toronto Police, Bieber and a group of about five others were picked up by a limousine outside a nightclub at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Dec. 30. It is alleged that, during the ride, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver, in the course of which the man allegedly struck the driver on the back of the head several times before leaving the scene.

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News of the investigation broke just hours after the singer's attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to DUI, resisting arrest, and expired license charges stemming from his bust in Miami last Thursday, Jan. 23. He is set to be arraigned on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

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