Canadian police charge Justin Bieber with assault over Dec. 30 limo incident
January 31, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TORONTO--Canadian police charged pop star Justin Bieber on Wednesday with the December assault of a limousine driver, shortly after the 19-year-old had turned himself in.
The young heartthrob will go before court on March 10, Toronto police said in a statement that came out just over two hours after he had handed himself in, amid chaotic scenes.
Bieber is accused of hitting a limousine driver "several times" over the back of the head. The car had picked he and five others up from a nightclub in the city in the early hours of Dec. 30.
"While driving the group to a hotel, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine," the Toronto police statement said.
White House Receives Petition
Bieber said he was not guilty of the charges filed against him in Florida last week — including drunk driving, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
The White House, meanwhile, was asked to weigh in on Bieber's bad behavior after it received a petition with more than 100,000 signatures calling for the Canadian-born signer to be deported.
By 9:00 p.m. Wednesday (0200 GMT Thursday), a petition on the White House website calling for the deportation of the Canadian-born teen idol had garnered more than 155,300 names — easily surpassing the threshold of 100,000 signatures required for presidential consideration.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," says the petition, created by one "J.A." in Detroit the day Bieber was busted in Miami Beach.
"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 nation's youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."
Bieber is understood to be living and working in the United States under a renewable O-1 visa for entertainers, rather than a green card for permanent resident status.