Justin Bieber just turned himself in to the Toronto authorities -- as earlier reports predicted he would -- in connection with the assault of a limo driver on December
29 30. At this time, Bieber has not been charged, but The Hollywood Reporter says he is "expected to be charged with assault, given a citation to appear in court at a later date, and then will be released without bail."
Toronto Star's Graham Slaughter got a photo of the teen idol on his way into the station:
The Toronto police department took to Twitter to not tell us about any of this, as per Canadian law:
Duty Desk, 52 Division and Toronto Police Corp Comm cannot confirm any media reports about Justin Bieber, so please don't bother calling ^sm— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) January 30, 2014
Also, just an FYI:
In other Bieber legal trouble news, tomorrow will mark the one week anniversary of Bieber's other arrest, for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Today, his busy lawyers entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Bieber's next court date for those charges is an arraignment on February 14 (Valentine's Day!), though he does not have to appear in person. And considering how the Miami court publicized the heck out of his last appearance there, it's doubtful that he'll show up.
Place your bets now on where Bieber will be arrested next week.
Update, 9:48 p.m.: Bieber's lawyer released a statement. Via the AP:
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. We anticipate that this matter will be treated as a summary offense, the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States. Our position is the Mr. Bieber is innocent.
Update, 10:02 p.m.: Bieber has left the police station after being charged with assault. He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on March 10.
Here's the Toronto Police Service report, which accuses Bieber of hitting the limo driver on the back of the head "several times."
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