Justin Bieber: Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford defends ‘successful’ fellow Canadian
Ford has hit the headlines almost as frequently as the troubled teen for a string of embarrassing public incidents
Justin Bieber has a legion of reformed rock stars and rehabilitated former pop stars banging his door down to heap him with support and praise.
But there’s one person’s defence that he could probably do without – Toronto’s scandal-plagued mayor, Rob Ford.
Ford, who has hit the headlines almost as frequently as the troubled teen for a string of embarrassing public incidents ( including being caught on camera drunkenly rambling away in Jamaican patois in a fast food restaurant), lent his full support to Bieber during an interview on Washington D.C. radio show The Sports Junkies last night.
"Well, you know what, he's a young guy," Ford, an avid football fan and regular guest on the show, said.
"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."
Ford made the comment after the host had blasted Bieber as “ Canada’s worst export”, who it seems, has got so many backs up in the US, that a petition to have him deported has now surpassed 200,000 signatures.
Ford did, however, stop short of citing himself a fan of the pop star’s music. His taste, he said, veers much more towards the classic rock giants Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and the Eagles.
"I'm 45 years old, so there's a big difference here."
Ford’s support comes after another day of full Bieber coverage, in which it was revealed that the star could face jail time for allegedly assaulting a limousine driver after he turned himself in at a Toronto police station.
The singer's Canadian lawyer said in a statement that Bieber is pleading ‘not guilty’ to the allegations.
Meanwhile, his toxicology reports were also released. Miami Beach police said Bieber told them he had taken a prescription medicine, smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol before he had gotten into his Lamborghini.
The mayor’s week hasn’t passed without incident, either. Yesterday, it emerged that he is being sued by the ex-boyfriend of his sister, who claims that Ford arranged for him to be beaten up in prison to prevent details of his ‘illicit behaviour’ being made public.
Watch: Local State Attorney's Office says Justin Bieber had drugs in his system at time of arrest
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