Pop singer Justin Bieber charged with assault in Canada
By Allison Martell
TORONTO (Reuters) - Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near a small Canadian town, police said on Tuesday, in a case that could complicate the singer's probation in Los Angeles.
The charges came after two drivers got into a "physical altercation" on Friday, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police said in a release.
A minivan and an all-terrain vehicle had collided near Stratford, Ontario, the town where Bieber grew up.
Bieber, 20, was visiting the Canadian province with Selena Gomez, the pop singer and former Disney TV star. The two have been in a four-year, on-and-off relationship.
"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez' peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi," Bieber's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said in an emailed statement.
"This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault."
Bieber, whose songs include the hits "Boyfriend" and "Beauty and a Beat," has been a favorite paparazzi target and has attracted more attention lately for his legal run-ins than his chart-toppers.
The singer's latest arrest could add to his legal woes in Los Angeles, where Bieber is on probation after pleading no contest in July to misdemeanor vandalism for pelting a neighbor's home with eggs. Continued...