Pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head in January, just hours after his attorney entered a separate not guilty plea in Florida to drink-driving and other charges.
The 19-year-old singer handed himself in to a Toronto police station Wednesday evening, arriving amid a scrum of media and screaming fans waiting outside. He was charged with one count of assault and is due to appear in court in Toronto on 10 March.
He spent about an hour and a half in the police station before leaving through a back exit.
Police allege Mr Bieber was one of six people who were picked up by a limousine from a nightclub in the early morning hours of 30 December when an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver.
During the altercation one of the passengers hit the limo driver in the back of the head several times, police said.
“The driver stopped the limousine, exited the vehicle and called police,” a statement said. “The man who struck him left the scene before police arrived.”
Howard Weitzman, Mr Bieber's attorney in California, said his client is innocent and declined to comment on the allegations against Mr Bieber or any potential defense, adding it was now a matter for the court to handle.
Justin Bieber's biggest controversies and mishaps
Justin Bieber's biggest controversies and mishaps
1/17 Biebs gets arrested for DUI and drag racing
The singer appeared dishevelled, but in high spirits, as he smiled for his police mugshot following the arrest for drag racing under the influence of alcohol and drugs
2/17 Biebs assaults a limo driver
Fresh from his arrest in the US, Biebs headed back to his native Canada where he proceeded to get arrested and charged again... this time for assaulting a limo driver
3/17 Biebs lashes out at a photographer
When in London on tour in March, Bieber attacked the paparazzi in an angry rage and tried to grab one photographer's camera. 'I'll f***ing beat the f*** out of you,' he said, before being forced into a car by his bodyguard. Nice.
4/17 Biebs claims Anne Frank was a Belieber
This wildly inappropriate blunder took place in April, in the unlikely setting of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. After touring the museum for an hour, Bieber wrote in the guestbook that he hoped the Jewish teenager (who died in 1945 at Bergen-Belsen aged 15 from typhus and malnutrition after hiding from the Nazis with her family for two years) 'would have been a Belieber' - a fan of his.
5/17 Biebs gets done for drugs
The 'Boyfriend' singer was detained at Brisbane airport in Australia in May after customs officials found weed on one of Justin's friends. Bieber was released after a stern warning for 'inappropriate language'. Wash your mouth out Biebs.
6/17 Biebs brawls in Southampton
Who do you think he is? Bieber was reportedly involved in a fight at a Southampton nightclub last spring after taking over the VIP section. His bodyguards were investigated for using heavy-handed tactics to detour fans trying to reach him.
7/17 Biebs tries and fails to own a pet monkey
Justin Bieber's former pet monkey Mally was moved from quarantine into a German zoo in June after the six-month-old capuchin was seized by customs officials. Bieber was given several weeks to produce the health papers required to get him back, but failed to do so. Auf wiedersehen, pet.
8/17 Biebs spits on fans
The singer was accused of spitting on a crowd of adoring fans gathered under his hotel room balcony in Toronto. The July incident was brushed aside by Bieber, however, who denied doing anything so horrible. His representative said that the star had in fact bought fans hot chocolate and played them some new music instead.
9/17 Biebs splits from Selena Gomez
After a three year on-off relationship with Disney star Selena, teenage heartthrob Bieber has officially been back on the singletons market since July. 'Egos turn me off big time,' Selena said when asked about the split. Awkward.
10/17 Biebs hits the brothel
Bieber was filmed by a Brazilian girl in bed after a supposed brothel scandal in the summer. He was then pictured trying to leave, draped in a white sheet and surrounded by male minders. The singer allegedly did the same thing again in Rio de Janeiro in November.
11/17 Biebs pretends to have been cast in a blockbuster
In September, the pop star posted an Instagram picture of the script for the new Batman movie. Watermarked with his name, rumours that he could be the Robin to Ben Affleck's lead began to fly. Bieber has previously expressed his love of the superhero, going as far as having a custom-built Batmobile made for him. Fear not though, Biebs will be nowhere near the film set.
12/17 Biebs wees in a bucket
When a Bieber's got to go, a Bieber's got to go. The singer urinated in a restaurant mop bucket while laughing when in New York in October. He yelled 'F*** Bill Clinton' too, as apparently he has political views.
13/17 Biebs vandalises Australia
The singer was asked to clean up graffiti he spray-painted while on tour in Australia last November. He painted some images of cartoon characters onto a Gold Coast hotel wall,to the disgust of the local mayor. Bieber was visiting the famous beach strip following his 'Believe' world tour shows in Brisbane.
14/17 Biebs takes a paternity test
A lady called Mariah Yeater claimed that Bieber had fathered her 3-month-old son Trystan after a backstage tryst. She later dropped a paternity suit but the singer took a test in November to prove the allegations were false.
15/17 Biebs hit by a bottle in Brazil
Also in November, the Canadian pop star was struck by a bottle and stormed off stage in Brazil. Bieber upset hundreds of devoted fans when he did not return to sing his hit track 'Baby'. Teenagers were left waiting 30 minutes for the 19-year-old's return, but had to leave when his entourage started packing the equipment away.
16/17 Biebs leaves the stage early again
The singer left a performance in Buenos Aires early again, soon after he stormed off in Brazil. This time, he blamed food poisoning for his premature exit, offering an olive branch of evidence in the form of a selfie posted on Twitter showing him lying in a hospital bed hooked up to an intravenous drip.
17/17 Biebs gets shunned by Aussie fans
Twitter followers mean little when you can't shift tickets down-under. Biebs found this out the hard way when he was forced to sell many tickets for his eight-show Australian tour for half their original price. Haters gonna hate Biebs, America still loves you.
Mr Weitzman said he expects the case to be treated as a summary offense, which is the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States. In a statement, he said: “The Toronto Police Service requested that Justin Bieber appear in Toronto today to face an allegation of assault relating to an incident on 29 December, 2013. We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense."
In late December Toronto police were examining allegations that a member of Mr Bieber's entourage assaulted a limo driver who was ferrying the Canadian pop star and several others. Police said at the time it was unclear whether he was involved.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bieber pleaded not guilty in Florida to charges of driving under the influence after driving nearly twice the speed limit on a Miami Beach street. He also pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
Court records show that Mr Bieber's attorney filed a written plea in Miami-Dade County. Mr Bieber already has an arraignment set for 14 February, but he is not required to be present under Florida.
Mr Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested last week in Miami Beach during what police described as an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Neither has been charged with drag racing, which is a crime in Florida.
Mr Bieber also remains under investigation for felony vandalism in Los Angeles County over an egg-tossing episode that damaged his neighbor's home. Detectives searched his home on 14 January and prosecutors have sought additional information before determining whether to pursue charges.
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Last year, Bieber made headlines for everything from clashing with a paparazzo to being photographed apparently smoking marijuana. The paparazzo is suing him for assault and battery.
He was also charged thousands of dollars by German authorities after he abandoned a pet monkey that they seized from him for failing to have proper vaccination papers.
Recently a petition to remove the “dangerous, reckless, destructive” young Canadian reached 100,000, which means it must be reviewed by the White House.
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The singer debuted a music video for his song “Confident” on Wednesday afternoon, just as news of his expected arrest was breaking.
Mr Bieber was discovered through a YouTube video of him performing, and his career has been guided by a pair of music industry heavyweights, singer Usher and manager Scooter Braun.
Mr Braun tweeted on Wednesday evening: “I ask people to be kind and hope for the best in people. not assume the worst. Thanks.”
Additional reporting by Associated Press