Pop star due to appear in court on September 29
Justin Bieber has been charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) into a minivan.
The Associated Press reports that the incident occurred near the singer’s hometown of Stratford, Ontario. The collision led to a physical altercation between Bieber and the minivan’s driver. The 20-year-old had been photographed earlier in the day in the ATV with actress and singer Selena Gomez.
“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi,” said Bieber’s lawyer Brian Greenspan. “This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
According to police, Bieber turned himself in to a police station on Monday (September 1), where he was arrested. He has since been released and is due to appear in court on September 29. No one was hurt as a result of the collision but police have not revealed whether the altercation led to any injuries.
The charges are the latest in a series of legal troubles for the ‘As Long As You Love Me’ singer. Last month he pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest following an incident in January. Bieber was arrested after officers stopped him in a rented yellow Lamborghini on a main Miami Beach street. Two SUVs had blocked off the road in an apparent attempt to allow Bieber and a driver of a red Ferrari to race their vehicles. According to police, Bieber swore at officers and later told them he had consumed alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs.
In July, Bieber was sentenced to anger management and community service for throwing eggs at a neighbour’s house. The Canadian is also charged with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto on December 30. According to police, Bieber was one of six people picked up outside a nightclub. A statement claimed that, while the group were driving to a hotel, “an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine”. The Associated Press report that Bieber’s lawyers have said he is not guilty in that case.
In March, Bieber was booed at Canada’s Juno Awards when it was announced that he won the fan’s choice award, beating off competition from Celine Dion, Drake and Michael Buble. However, Bieber was not present at the Winnipeg ceremony to collect his prize.