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Justin Bieber Facing Assault Charges in Toronto

Justin Bieber Facing Assault Charges in Toronto
Justin Bieber
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updated 01/29/2014 at 08:50 PM EST

originally published 01/29/2014 06:30PM

The trouble just keeps coming for Justin Bieber.

The Canadian singer turned himself in at a Toronto police station on Wednesday to face possible charges in an assault case.

Bieber, who wore a winter coat and backwards baseball cap, was greeted by a swarm of paparazzi and screaming fans as he stepped out of a black SUV at the station, the Associated Press reports.

The 19-year-old is facing the charge after an alleged altercation with a limousine driver in late December, CBC News reports.



"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," his lawyer said in a statement to PEOPLE. "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," the statement continues. "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."

Earlier Wednesday, the Toronto police department wouldn't confirm that the singer was on his way to the station. Constable Victor Kwong told PEOPLE, "I can only confirm that there was an investigation into the allegation of assault on a limo operator by one of his fares. I cannot confirm however that the Biebs is turning himself in."

This makes the second brush with police in a week for the singer, who was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license in Miami on Jan. 23.



This latest case concerns an incident at a Toronto Maple Leafs game on Dec. 29, where police claim Bieber and his entourage were allegedly involved in an assault on a limo driver who was driving them around Toronto.

At the time investigators believed Bieber was in the limo during the alleged attack but it was unclear whether he was the instigator, The Canadian Press reports.

Bieber, who is due to be arraigned for his Miami arrest on Valentine's Day, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Wednesday via a written pleading.

Florida law doesn't require him to be present at the hearing, and his defense attorney Mark Shapiro says a decision has not been made on whether he will attend.

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