Bieber busted for assaulting limo driver

Published 01/29 2014 09:22PM

Updated 01/29 2014 09:27PM

Musician Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and police officers as he turns himself in to Toronto police Wednesday night.
Musician Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and police officers as he turns himself in to Toronto police Wednesday night./The Canadian Press
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper NBC News

On the same day a petition to have him deported back to Canada topped 100,000 signatures, teenage singer Justin Bieber returned to his home country and turned himself in at a police station in downtown Toronto, Toronto police confirmed to E!.

"The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto today to face an allegation of assault relating to an incident on December 29, 2013," the singer's attorney said in a statement issued to E!. "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."

Cameras captured Bieber exiting a black SUV surrounded by yellow-coated Toronto police as photographers scrambled for shots and young fans screamed and took photos with their camera phones. He was quickly escorted into the station, briefly stood at the front desk surrounded by police, and then disappeared from view.

Bieber has been making headlines for other offstage antics recently. On Jan. 23, he was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., for DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license. And the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the singer for an incident where eggs were thrown at the mansion owned by Bieber's Calabasas, Calif., neighbor, reportedly causing $20,000 of damage.

In an apparent homage to the egg incident, at least one of Bieber's fans crowded around the Toronto police station was heard to say she had brought eggs to the station.

But there’s a little bit of good news in for the beleaguered pop star. A lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles photographer who claimed that Bieber directed his bodyguards to attack him and steal his camera’s memory card in June was dismissed on Tuesday.

Bieber was later released and allowed to leave the Toronto police station, according to E!.

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