singer Justin Bieber charged with assault in Canada
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[September 03, 2014]
By Allison Martell
TORONTO (Reuters) - Pop star Justin Bieber
was arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving over the
weekend after an incident near a small Canadian town, police said on
Tuesday, in a case that could complicate the singer's probation in
The charges came after two drivers got into a "physical
altercation" on Friday, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police
said in a release.
A minivan and an all-terrain vehicle had collided near
Stratford, Ontario, the town where Bieber grew up.
Bieber, 20, was visiting the Canadian province with Selena
Gomez, the pop singer and former Disney TV star. The two have
been in a four-year, on-and-off relationship.
"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez' peaceful retreat in Stratford
this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome
presence of paparazzi," Bieber's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said
in an emailed statement.
"This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving
Bieber, whose songs include the hits "Boyfriend" and "Beauty and
a Beat," has been a favorite paparazzi target and has attracted
more attention lately for his legal run-ins than his
The singer's latest arrest could add to his legal woes in Los
Angeles, where Bieber is on probation after pleading no contest
in July to misdemeanor vandalism for pelting a neighbor's home
Arrests, even if abroad, generally trigger an inquiry into a
possible probation violation, said Reaver Bingham, the deputy
chief of field services at the Los Angeles County Probation
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Bingham declined to say whether the department was investigating
Bieber's latest arrest, citing privacy laws.
This year, R&B singer Chris Brown spent 80 days in a Los Angeles
jail after admitting to a probation violation following a 2013
arrest in Washington for punching a fan. Brown pleaded guilty on
Tuesday to misdemeanor assault in that case.
Bieber's arrest in Canada came weeks after he pleaded guilty to
careless driving and resisting an officer without violence in
Florida, part of a deal to resolve allegations he was caught drag
racing in a Lamborghini under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
In January, he was charged with assaulting a limousine driver in
Toronto. The case is ongoing.
(Additional reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by
Jeffrey Hodgson, Andrew Hay, Piya Sinha-Roy and Jonathan Oatis)
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