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Justin Bieber charged with assault in Canada

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 30, 2014 at 7:38 a.m.

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Canadian musician Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and police officers as he turns himself in to city police for an expected assault charge in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. A police official said the charge has to do with an alleged assault on a limo driver in December.

TORONTO — Justin Bieber was charged with assault on accusations he hit a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head last month. The news broke just after the Canadian pop star's attorney entered a separate innocent plea in Florida to drunken-driving and other charges.

The baby-faced 19-year-old turned himself in to a Toronto police station Wednesday evening, arriving amid a crush of media and screaming fans. He 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 early morning hours of Dec. 30, and there was an altercation while en route to a hotel.

Police said during the altercation one of the passengers hit the limo driver in the back of the head several times.

"The driver stopped the limousine, exited the vehicle and called police," a statement said. "The man who struck him left the scene before police arrived."

Howard Weitzman, Bieber's attorney in California, said his client is innocent and declined to comment on the allegations against Bieber or any potential defense, saying it was now a matter for the court to handle.

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LevyRat says... January 30, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.

Hey, I don't like this spoiled punk but you know the driver is suing him because he has deep pockets. The driver will get some cash and this thing will go away.

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