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Justin Bieber pleads not guilty to drunken driving charges

2014-01-30 08:41

Miami - Justin Bieber has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges, resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence in Florida.

Court records show that Bieber's attorney filed the written plea on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County. Bieber already has an arraignment set for 14 February, but Florida law doesn't require the 19-year-old pop star to be present.

Defense attorney Mark Shapiro says a decision on whether Bieber will attend has not been made.

Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested last week in Miami Beach during what police described as an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Neither has been charged with drag racing.

Police say Bieber cursed at an officer and admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication.

In trouble in Canada

Bieber was also charged on Wednesday with assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head last month. 

Bieber turned himself in to a Toronto police station, arriving amid a crush of media and screaming fans. He was charged with one count of assault and is scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on 10 March.

Will Justin be deported?

As if Barack Obama didn't have enough problems to deal with already, his administration now is being asked to weigh in on the grave matter of Justin's bad behaviour.

By midday on Wednesday, a petition on the White House website calling for the deportation of the Canadian-born teen idol had garnered 103 000 names - easily surpassing the threshold of 100 000 signatures required for presidential consideration.

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