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Justin Bieber Charged In Toronto for Alleged Assault

Aaaand the news for Justin Bieber just keeps on being bad.

As CNN and other news outlets report, less than a week after the pop singer was arrested in Miami Beach for DUI and resisting arrest after allegedly drag racing in a rented Lamborghini, he turned himself in to Toronto authorities on Wednesday in relation to an assault charge stemming from a reported altercation with a limo driver in December.

Toronto police said in a statement that the altercation in question occurred December 30 between the limo driver and one of the passengers during a trip from a Toronto nightclub to a hotel. “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 statement said. It had previously been unclear whether Bieber was involved in the altercation, but apparently authorities now feel the evidence supports charging him.

Bieber’s California-based attorney’s office also issued a statement: “We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States. Our position is that Mr. Bieber is innocent. As the matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to address the specifics of either the allegation or of our defense at this time.”

Bieber’s entourage and police had to press through a throng of media and screaming fans to escort the singer into the police station.  According to ABC News, he exited the facility over 90 minutes later out a back entrance, avoiding the crowd.  Earlier in the day, before his arrival in Toronto, Justin Bieber registered a “not guilty” plea to last week’s charges in Miami Beach, which include DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

There may still be a third charge leveled against the embattled pop star. Los Angeles County authorities are still investigating Bieber for felony vandalism stemming from an alleged egging of a neighbor’s home.  A decision whether to charge him is expected next week.

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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