Justin Bieber to be charged with assault in Toronto: CBC

Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:00pm EST
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By Allison Martell

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be charged with assault in Toronto over an incident in December involving a limousine driver, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Wednesday, citing unidentified police sources.

The broadcaster said Bieber was expected to arrive in Toronto on Wednesday and be formally charged.

Bieber's representatives declined to comment on the report.

Toronto police said on their Twitter feed that they cannot confirm information in the media about Bieber, but journalists were gathered outside Toronto's 52 division police station, where the report said he was expected to turn himself in.

Staff Sergeant Deb Abbott at the station said she could not comment but that if someone notable were charged, police would issue a press release and there would be no press conference.

Bieber, 19, has been in trouble with authorities in the United States this month. He was charged with driving under the influence in Miami after police caught him drag racing a rented Lamborghini. He told police he had taken prescription medicine, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol.

According to court records, he pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to those charges in a written plea submitted by his lawyer. If convicted, Bieber could face up to six months in prison, although experts say he is likely to receive a lighter sentence because it would be his first offence.

Bieber is scheduled to make a court appearance on February 14 to formally answer the charges. He was also charged with driving on an expired license and resisting arrest without violence.   Continued...

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber gestures at a beach as he takes a break in a resort in Punta Chame, on the outskirts of Panama City January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso