Justin Bieber charged with assaulting limo driver in Toronto

The pop star handed himself into a police station

Justin Bieber charged with assaulting limo driver in Toronto

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Justin Bieber has been charged with assaulting a limo driver.

The Canadian pop star turned himself into a Toronto police station over the alleged incident yesterday (January 29), where he was mobbed by fans, photographers and journalists, BBC News reports.

Toronto police say Bieber was one of six people picked up outside a nightclub in the early hours of December 30. A statement claims that, while the group were driving to a hotel, "an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine".

The statement continues: "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."

After turning himself in to police, the singer was charged with one count of assault and is scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on March 10.

Bieber's lawyer said the singer is innocent.

The charge comes a week after the pop star was arrested for a different incident in Florida and charged with drink driving after a police officer pulled him over on suspicion of racing a hired yellow Lamborghini on a public street. He was later released on bail of $2,500 (£1,500).

In January, police in California searched Bieber's home after he allegedly threw eggs at his neighbour's house. The outcome of the search is still unclear.

Yesterday, a petition filed on the White House website by a member of the public requesting Bieber's deportation from the US gained 100,000 signatures.

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