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Justin Bieber turns himself in

Justin Bieber

TORONTO (AP) - Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.

Bieber arrived in the evening at a police station to a crush of media and screaming fans.

A police official said the charge has to do with an alleged assault on a limo driver in December. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

A spokesman for Bieber had no comment Wednesday.

Toronto police said in late December they were looking into allegations that a member of 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 Bieber was involved.

Bieber emerged from a black SUV wearing a winter coat and a backwards ball cap before being led through a throng of police and reporters. Many waited for his arrival for over an hour in freezing temperatures.

It was yet another sign of the crazy lifestyle that has taken over Bieber's image.

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.

The Canadian pop star lately has drawn more attention for his brushes with the law than for his music. His arrival at the Toronto police station was no different - the singer debuted a music video for his song "Confident" on Wednesday afternoon, just as news of his expected arrest was breaking.

Bieber 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 Jan. 14, and prosecutors have sought additional information before determining whether to pursue charges.

The cases have overshadowed the recent release of his latest album. Its reception has been far from the chart-topping success Bieber had after he debuted in 2009, with multiple platinum albums.

Last year, Bieber made headlines for everything from clashing with a paparazzo to fainting at a show to being photographed smoking marijuana. The paparazzo is suing Bieber for assault and battery.

German authorities charged him thousands of dollars after he abandoned a pet monkey that they seized from him for failing to have proper vaccination papers.

The singer also had to apologize to Bill Clinton after cursing the former president and spraying his photo with cleaning fluid in a New York City restaurant kitchen.

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. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut "My World 2.0," but his popularity has waned.

Braun tweeted Wednesday evening, "i ask people to be kind and hope for the best in people. not assume the worst. Thanks."

Jon Bollock, a 14-year-old fan waiting for Bieber to arrive outside the Toronto police station, said he wanted to see Bieber but said "it's pretty embarrassing for Canada."

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Pete January 29 2014 at 11:24 PM

The son of a friend of mine wanted to come to Arizona to visit. He was turned away at the border by US Customs and told he could not enter the states becuase he had had a DUI 19 year previous. Other friend were not allowed to visit Canada for the same reason.

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seattlewkr Pete January 29 2014 at 11:26 PM

Looks like someone's missing part of the story there.

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pbrista January 30 2014 at 3:31 AM

Put him in Jail, he may or may not like it.

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d1anaw January 30 2014 at 3:33 AM

Good. Now that he is back where he belongs, don't let him cross the border again.

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ralphyboy9 January 30 2014 at 3:52 AM

I hope they keep in canada we don't want him here we need room for americans in the jails not some punk like jb it's all about money take that away and his parents would disown his man thats ashame such a talented kid and a waste of money.

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Alex January 29 2014 at 11:38 PM

This kid has a lot of emotional problems, and his popularity, like that of many of his peers in the recording business, is a reflection of the consciousness of many of today's youth. Fair enough to say we're in a dark age.

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ernestdowdy January 29 2014 at 10:01 PM


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ralphyboy9 January 30 2014 at 4:06 AM

Mr Braun stop treating him like a kid jb knows right from wrong let his parents be parents don't interfere you will regret it we all know you like his money thats why your watching out for him so step back and let him be a man so his parents can be in his life the way they should.

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raffitta37 January 30 2014 at 4:06 AM

If that delincuent is embarrassing for Canada, is undesirable for the US. we the people hope he won't return to America, stupid piece of s....t

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Buckingham's January 29 2014 at 9:58 PM

Time to grow up and take responsibility for your actions, junior. I hope you get a visit from the Rump Ranger on the old cell block.

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shadolade January 29 2014 at 9:58 PM

I say he needs his butt spanked instead of his "Mother" and dad being so darn lienent with the bratty as--boy. He is a wannabe brat and his poor Mother saw dollar signs as did his Dad. He needs to be taken back home, his money put in charge of a guardian and he needs to go to school for learning and how to behave in public and abot all HOW TO GROW UP!!!!!!!!! Go back to Canada.
I am a Mother of 7 children and thank God I raised them right!!!!

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