Pop star Justin Bieber turned himself over to Toronto Police on Wednesday evening to face charges connected to an alleged assault of a limousine driver on Dec. 2013.
Bieber arrived at 52 Division in downtown Toronto shortly after 7:30 pm ET and was quickly escorted into the station. A crowd of journalists as well as fans were waiting for the pop star outside the station trying to catch a glimpse of the singer.
UPDATE: Toronto police confirm Justin Bieber has been formally charged with one count of assault in connection to an investigation involving a limo driver.
Toronto Star reporter Graham Slaughter, who had been waiting in the cold for his arrival, snapped a blurry photo of Bieber wearing a black cap.
CP24's cameras managed to catch a better glimpse of Bieber.
Bieber's lawyer is expected to issue a statement later tonight.
Local media reported that the singer would be turning himself into authorities earlier on Wednesday and that his surrender had been in the works for days.
The troubled pop star was also reportedly given a notice to appear in court.
Bieber was in Toronto at the time of the incident to attend a Toronto Maple Leafs game that took place Dec. 29, the Canadian Press reports. Sometime after the game, police were called to the area of Dundas Street West and University Avenue to investigate an alleged assault. It was not clear at the time if it was Bieber or a member of his entourage who was being accused.
On Tuesday, Bieber was last seen relaxing in Panama, according to the Associated Press.
Earlier this month, Bieber was arrested in Miami for DUI and drag racing. On Wednesday evening, media reported that the star would be pleading not guilty and fighting those charges.
NEW: Justin Bieber's attorneys submit not guilty plea on charges for his alleged involvement in Miami Beach incident - @SeniABC— ABC News (@ABC) January 29, 2014
Prior to that, police raided Bieber's California home after he allegedly egged his neighbour's house. His friend Lil Za was arrested for possession of cocaine.
The star's antics have earned the ire of Canadians and Americans, with U.S. citizens starting a petition to have the singer deported back to Canada. So far, over 123,000 Americans have signed, surpassing the 100,000 signatures needed for the White House to address the situation.
More from The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Justin Bieber pushed his way through a teeming crowd of journalists and deliriously screaming fans Wednesday night as the global pop phenom surrendered to face a charge of assault.
The blinding camera flashes and shouts of "Justin I love you!" outside a downtown Toronto police station were similar to the scene that greeted the young star in Miami last week, where he faces charges in an alleged drag racing incident.
Police allege that Bieber and five other people were picked up by a limousine from a Toronto nightclub in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, and that there was an altercation en route to a hotel.
During the altercation one of the passengers hit the limo driver, police allege. Bieber was charged with one count of assault.
The Stratford, Ont., native, wearing a black baseball cap and a jacket with the collar hiked up around his face, received a ceremonious welcome to face a serious charge.
As he was ushered through the crush by police officers and a body guard, dozens of young women screamed his name and jostled for a photo of the star.
"I saw the back of him!" Christina Notario, 19, screamed.
"I've been a fan of him since he was little, and like, I still love him no matter what, like, I don't know. I just love him so much."
The crowd outside the station appeared to grow despite the sub-zero temperatures as the singer spent nearly two hours with officers and members of his entourage.
Fans who lingered for another glance of the 19-year-old star were disappointed though, as Bieber quietly slipped out a back exit.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on March 10, but his Canadian lawyer did not say if Bieber would have to appear in person on that date.
Lawyer Seth Weinstein released a statement saying he expects the charge will be prosecuted summarily, which is akin to a misdemeanour in the U.S.
"Our position is that Mr. Bieber is innocent," Weinstein said in the brief statement.
Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted a request Wednesday night for the public to "be kind and hope for the best in people" and "not assume the worst."
Alessia Martino, 17, was one of the fans who braved the cold in Toronto to support the troubled star.
"My goal before going to university is to meet Justin," she said while waiting outside the police station with her mom.
"I think he should move back to Toronto because he wouldn't get any bad press because we all love him here."
Bieber's bad press includes charges in Florida of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence.
Court records show that Bieber's lawyer filed a written not-guilty plea in Miami, where authorities said he failed a field sobriety test last week and was driving under the influence at nearly twice the speed limit.
Earlier this month detectives searched Bieber's California home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence that the singer was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbour's home.
The investigation garnered more attention than his album release, which happened just days earlier.
Last year represented a litany of lows for the singer, from clashing with a paparazzo to fainting at a show to being photographed smoking marijuana.
Some of his troubles have reached the bizarre: 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 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.
In Toronto, Jasmin Husain, 19, described herself as a Bieber fan, but said her devotion was waning.
"I would say that my like, fan dedication has like gone down a bit over the years just because of his behaviour, but when he did first come out like in 10th Grade — that was four years ago — I was like crazy," she said outside the police station.
"I loved him. He was the first concert I ever went to, so, (he's) very close to my heart."
— with files from The Associated Press.
Related on HuffPost:
Justin had his first, very public, run in with the paps when he <a href="http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/03/justin-bieber-to-paparazzi-eff-you/" target="_blank">stuck his middle finger up to their cameras</a> (and thus the world).
Justin felt the effect of his first paternity suit. He was accused of being the father of a 4-month-old baby boy with Mariah Yeater, but complied with a paternity test and proved his ‘innocence’.
It may not sound like a big deal, but in May 2012 a definitely-not-21-year-old Justin confessed to “having a beer” for the first time. Two years later, and he's pretty much a regular in nightclubs (and stripclubs) around the world. In the same month, he also got into an altercation with a tabloid snapper, who reportedly blocked his car in when he left a cinema with Selena.
Justin's love of fast cars took a turn for the worse as he was accused of 'reckless driving'. He called 991 to complain about paparazzi chasing him but it turned out he wasn't so innocent himself. <a href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/07/06/justin-bieber-speeding-ticket-pulled-over-cops-driving-fisker-karma-paparrazi/" target="_blank">“Bieber was driving like a maniac. He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane,”</a> an eyewitness, who just happens to be L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, said.
This image provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Christopher Guerra, the 29-year-old photographer who was struck and killed while trying to take photos of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari on Tuesday 1 January. Christopher's death spurred renewed debate over the dangers paparazzi can bring on themselves and the celebrities they chase. Justin wasn’t driving his car at the time but it was no doubt a disturbing shock. In the same month, Justin was caught smoking a suspicious looking roll-up cigarette in a pic on a camera phone.
The O2 was forced to apologise to young fans after Justin was nearly two hours late on stage for his opening night at the venue. He failed to start his performance until nearly 10.30pm, which resulted in hundreds of fans and parents taking to Twitter to vent their anger. It was a school night, for heavens sake!
7 March 2013
It all began getting a little 'Michael Jackson' when Justin donned a gas mask (natch) to go out for dinner at Mr Chow in London. The next day he was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties on stage at London's O2 Arena. Surely the two can‘t have been related?
Justin shocked monkeys, fans and animal rights activists when he abandoned his adorable monkey, Mally. The Capuchin monkey was seized by Munich customs when Bieber arrived in Germany as part of his world tour last month, as he did not have the correct paperwork. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/23/justin-bieber-monkey-mally_n_3139497.html" target="_blank">Justin then apparently decided he didn't want him back.</a>
We really started to worry about Justin's ego when he speculated that teen Holocaust victim Anne Frank could have been a "Belieber" if she had survived the Nazis. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/14/justin-bieber-hopes-anne-_n_3080439.html" target="_blank">A post on the official Anne Frank Facebook page described his visit to her former house: "Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards.</a> "Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hour in the museum. "In our guestbook he wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.""
Swedish police confirmed that they had found drugs on board Justin's tour bus. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/25/justin-bieber-drugs-tour-bus-swedish-police_n_3154851.html" target="_blank">Police raided the vehicle after an off-duty officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle</a> while it was parked outside the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. This was just the first of many tour bus raids.
17 July 2013
An Ohio DJ claimed Justin spat in his face while at a nightclub. According to the story reported by TMZ, the pop singer thought the man was taking photos of him. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/justin-bieber-spitting_n_3612817.html" target="_blank">The DJ who accused Justin of spitting in his face, Addison Ulhaq, filed a police report against the singer, according to TMZ.</a> He claims he got tested for Hepatitis because the incident left him with saliva in his eye, nose and mouth.
5 August 2013
Justin was filmed climbing over a car during a nightclub brawl in The Hamptons, New York. The 'Baby' singer came under investigation by the NYPD following the fight at the South Pointe venue in the early hours. 22-year-old Wayne Rennalls was hospitalised after the altercation and suffered a black eye, bruised ribs and a cut lip. He later filed an assault claim. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/08/justin-bieber-hamptons-nightclub-fight-video_n_3724158.html" target="_blank">Footage showed Justin at the scene, however his rep told the New York Daily News: “Justin was not involved in any altercation.”</a> The bust up is said to have started in the roped-off VIP area - where the 19-year-old was seated with his entourage - but ended up in the club's car park.
3 November 2013
Justin was reportedly smuggled out of a brothel in Brazil during some time off from his tour in the country. According to New York Post's Page Six, the 19-year-old singer and a friend spent three hours in the Centauros brothel in Rio de Janeiro.
5 December 2013
Justin's potty mouth landed him in a whole load of trouble when his entourage was detained at Brisbane International Airport in Australia on suspicion of smuggling drugs. Beebs was given a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/06/justin-bieber-drugs-brisbane-australia_n_4396840.html" target="_blank">verbal warning for using “inappropriate language” following a conversation with a female customs officer, The Sydney Daily Telegraph report</a>ed. He had allegedly refused to remove his hat and sunglasses during an inspection and also used insulting language toward the officer. Police had to threaten to arrest him, the newspaper said.
14 January 2014
Move over spurned violinist on Britain's Got Talent, Justin had his own egg-gate when he allegedly egged his neighbour's house, causing $20,000 worth of damage. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/14/cops-raid-justin-bieber-house-egg-attack_n_4596249.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_blank">Justin was detained in his garage while police with a "felony search warrant" looked for evidence in his home</a> They then arrested his friend Lil Za for cocaine possession during the raid. Bieber has not been connected to the cocaine, but he has been neither charged nor exonerated in the egg incident that promoted the search warrant.
23 January 2014
All of Justin's troublesome behaviour culminated when he was arrested in Miami Beach for driving under the influence and drag racing. The Miami Beach Police released what is possibly the happiest-looking mugshot in Hollywood's Hall of Shame.
24 January 2014
Justin didn't forget his admiring teenage fans as he left jail following his arrest for DUI and drag racing. The 19-year-old, wearing a black hoody and dark shades, climbed on top of a waiting black SUV outside the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami to greet his fans before being driven away. And in the process angered a whole load more people.
30 January 2014
Justin landed himself in even MORE trouble after being charged with assaulting a limo driver. The singer handed himself in at a Toronto police station, where he was mobbed by fans and TV crews. According to the Toronto Police service, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/30/justin-bieber-charged-assault-limo-driver_n_4693256.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-justin-bieber" target="_blank">he will now appear in court on 11 March in connection with the incident, which saw him hit the driver in the back of the head several times last December.</a>
5 February 2014
Pilots hired by Justin Bieber <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/05/justin-bieber-plane-jet-smoking-weed-oxygen-masks_n_4729451.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-justin-bieber" target="_blank">to fly him to the Super Bowl have revealed they had to wear oxygen masks to overcome marijuana fumes on the flight.</a> An official report into the incident also revealed how the troubled teen and his father were “extremely abusive” to a flight attendant.
27 February 2014
After his arrest footage then emerged of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/27/justin-bieber-arrest-video-singer-stumbles-sobriety-test-pushups-cell-_n_4864217.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-justin-bieber" target="_blank">Justin appearing to sway and stumble as he attempted to walk in a straight line for a sobriety test.</a> The film was shot at a south Florida police station following his DUI arrest in January and reveals the 19-year-old singer also dropping to the ground to do pushups.