January 30, 2014


Justin Bieber Charged with Assault in Canada

George Pimentel
George Pimentel

Update 10:30 pm: Toronto police have confirmed that Justin Bieber has been arrested on one charge of assault. According to a release from Toronto police, Bieber was among a group of six people who entered a limousine at 2:50 am on December 30. While traveling from a nightclub to a hotel, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers in the limo and its driver, who was struck repeatedly on the back of his head. "The driver stopped the limousine, exited the vehicle and called police," the statement reads. "The man who struck him left the scene before police arrived." Bieber is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, March 10 to face the charge.

Update 10 pm: Justin Bieber's attorney in the United States, Howard Weitzman, told the Associated Press that his client is innocent. He explained, "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. 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."

Just one week after being arrested for alleged DUI and resisting arrest, The Associated Press is reporting Justin Bieber turned himself into a Toronto police station Wednesday evening on expected assault charges. The expected charges stem from an alleged assault on a limo driver on Dec. 29 after attending a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game.

Authorities were initially unsure if Bieber himself was involved or just a member of his entourage, however police sources told CBC News the pop star will officially be charged at the 52 Division police station, and given notice to appear in court at a later date.

A spokesperson for Bieber had no comment, however his lawyer is saying the singer will issue a statement later Wednesday night.

Bieber's longtime manager Scooter Braun just spoke with British GQ about his role helping to guide his client's choices, and feeling like a parental figure. Earlier this evening, he tweeted: "i ask people to be kind and hope for the best in people. not assume the worst. thanks"