The hits keep coming in 2014 for Justin Bieber — just not the kind with a snappy beat and swaggy video.
The Canadian pop singer, 19, arrived at the 52 Division police station in Toronto just after 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and was arrested and charged with assault stemming from a December incident in which he allegedly attacked a limousine driver. He was accompanied by his father, Jeremy Bieber, as well as his manager, Scooter Braun.
Bieber was released, but will be required to appear in court at a later date. No mug shot was released.
Bieber's lawyer issued a brief statement: "The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto today to face an allegation of assault relating to an incident on Dec. 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 the [sic] 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."
Details of the case are sketchy. Police responded to a distress call last month and discovered that Bieber had been in the area after attending a Maple Leafs NHL game. According to the Toronto police, "a limousine picked up a group of six people outside a nightclub. While driving the group to a hotel, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine. In the course of the altercation, a man struck the limousine driver on the back of the head several times. The driver stopped the limousine, exited the vehicle, and called police. The man who struck him left the scene before police arrived."
At the time of the incident, it was unclear whether it was Justin or a member of his entourage involved in the alleged scuffle.
Bieber was born in London, Ontario, (about halfway between Toronto and Detroit) and raised in nearby Stratford, Ontario. His recent trips back to Toronto have been anything but quiet, however. In July 2013, while hanging out with some buddies on the balcony of a local hotel room, he was photographed launching a big glob of spit down below to the street where fans were supposedly lined up. His camp later claimed that the pics were "superimposed.” A month later, he got into a scuffle at a Toronto nightclub apparently provoked by a partygoer.
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The Toronto charges cap quite a day for Bieber. Earlier Wednesday, he entered a not guilty plea (via his lawyer) in a Florida court to suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with a suspended driver's license related to his drug- and-booze-fueled Lamborghini fun run last week. He's scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 14, although he isn't required to be present.
Bieber's toxicology report revealed that he had both Xanax and marijuana in his system, Miami Police told CNN.
The Miami plea-entering came after a crowdsourced petition on the White House website seeking Bieber's deportation to Canada hit the magic 100,000 signature mark required to compel President Barack Obama to officially address it.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the petition reads. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
Meanwhile, prosecutors in Los Angeles are weighing whether to charge Bieber in an egg-lobbing case. On Jan. 15, sheriff’s deputies swarmed Justin's home in the L.A. suburb of Calabasas, following accusations that he threw eggs at his neighbor's home, causing over $20,000 worth of damage. The raid lead to the arrest of Bieber associate Lil Za on drug charges, after substances were discovered on Za’s while he was at Justin's home.
Of course, proving that any publicity is good publicity, Team Justin went ahead and debuted his new music video, "Confident," on "106 and Park" and it's scheduled to drop online later tonight. Sure enough, the swaggy clip does have a snappy beat.
And his Apologist-in-Chief, manager Scooter Braun, has taken to Twitter to defend Bieber’s parents following backlash to their son’s misbehaving (and their alleged culpability):
i ask people to be kind and hope for the best in people. not assume the worst. thanks— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) January 29, 2014