Toronto mayor Rob Ford defends Justin Bieber

Controversial figurehead defends his fellow Canadian

Controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford has defended Justin Bieber following his recent arrest.

Ford stuck up for Bieber, who earlier this week, was charged with assaulting a limo driver during an appearance on Washington DC radio show The Sports Junkies.

Defending the pop star, Ford, who made headlines in 2013 when he admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine, said: “Well, you know what, he’s a young guy. At 19 years old, I wish I was as successful as he was. He’s 19 years old, guys. Think back to when you were 19.” The mayor did, however, say he was not a fan of Bieber’s music and prefers Led Zeppelin and Eagles.

The limo driver assault charge came 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.

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