Another day, another brush with the law for troubled Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. As it turns out, being a millionaire since age 15 and being coddled by a legion of publicists, producers, bodyguards, enablers, and hangers-on isn’t really good for personal development. First he eggs a neighbor’s house, then he goes out drag-racing while intoxicated, and now this. Justin Bieber has been charged with assault. Bieber allegedly assaulted a limo driver on December 30 in Toronto, after an altercation with the man on the way back to his hotel. Bieber apparently struck the driver repeatedly in the back of the head. The driver got out and called the police, but Bieber was able to make his escape before cops arrived.
“As the matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to address the specifics of either the allegation or of the defense at this time,” said a member of Bieber’s Canadian legal team.
Bieber turned himself into the police in Toronto on Wednesday; apparently also on Wednesday, he plead not guilty to his charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and driving on an expired license. He’ll be back in court on February 14 to face those charges, which would probably put a crimp on any Valentine’s Day plans he might have had. Not that he’d be able to get a limo to drive him around to those events after he beat on the last limo driver he booked.
Bieber’s attorneys believe that the incident will be dubbed a summary offense, which is the Canadian equivalent to what we would call a misdemeanor here in the United States.
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