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Justin Bieber Charged With Assault in Toronto



    Chaotic Scene as Bieber Arrives at Police Station

    Justin Bieber's legal woes continue, this time in his home country of Canada.

    The 19-year-old pop star turned himself in to Toronto police on Wednesday evening and was charged with one count of assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head in December.

    News of Bieber's latest brush with the law broke the same day his attorney entered a separate not guilty plea in Florida to charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license in South Florida.

    In a statement Toronto police said they were called to the scene of an altercation in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2013. Bieber had attended a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game that night and was one of six people who were picked up by a limousine from a nightclub. The incident occured en route to a hotel.

    During the altercation one of the passengers hit the driver in the back of the head several times, police said.

    "The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto today to face an allegation of assault," the singer's attorney Howard Weitzman said in a statement. "We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, 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 our defense at this time."

    Bieber is next scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on March 10.

    In Florida, Bieber's attorney entered a not guilty plea to DUI and other charges stemming from an arrest in Miami Beach last week.

    Court records show that Bieber's attorney filed the written plea Wednesday in Miami-Dade County. Bieber already has an arraignment set for Feb. 14, but Florida law doesn't require "Baby" singer to be present.

    Defense attorney Mark Shapiro says a decision on whether Bieber will attend has not been made.

    Bieber was arrested during what police described as an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. He has not been charged with drag racing.

    It was also revealed Wednesday an online petition describing Bieber as "reckless, destructive, and drug abusing" has received enough signatures to earn an official review by the White House.

    The petition, "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card," was started last Thursday, Jan. 23 on the We The People/White House website.