Update: TMZ is reporting the Canadian paparazzi involved in the alleged incident are now being represented by US attorney Gloria Allred. The site adds Allred has already contacted the Los Angeles Police Department.
Justin Bieber was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and assault on August 29 in Canada, after a crash between an ATV he was driving and a minivan which was driven by a paparazzo.
According to the Ontario Provincial Police, Bieber’s all-terrain vehicle collided with the pap’s minivan.
“The driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation,” according to a police news release.
The 20-year-old singer was reportedly taken into custody Friday afternoon in Perth county, Ontario, where he lived as a child, but was released on a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on September 29.
OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor told CBC News that Bieber was charged on Monday when he turned himself in at a local police station.
Rektor said officers responded to the collision Friday and that Bieber was on the ATV with a passenger. He added that the other party involved in the altercation was not charged.
CNN confirms the singer was arrested, adding Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Kees Wijnands said:
“Investigation revealed that after colliding, the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation.”
ABC News adds Officer Wijnands told reporters Tuesday that the assault charge came after Bieber, whom he also described as “very polite,” got into an altercation with a man inside the van, while the dangerous driving charge was the result of driving that led to “a danger to the public.”
Wijnands said that it would also be acceptable for an attorney to appear on Bieber’s behalf.
Bieber’s lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan released a statement to ABC News, which reads:
“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi. This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault.”
“Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved.”
Justin was snapped riding an ATV with his girlfriend Selena Gomez on Friday, August 29 in Stratford, Ontario during the pair’s visit to his native country.
The recently reunited couple were spotted holding hands at Waterloo Airport in Ontario just two days before, after jetting in on a private plane.
(Photo: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez ride an ATV on August 29 in Stratford, Ontario.)
CBC News reports, two OPP officers went to the home of Jeremy Bieber, the singer’s dad, in Perth East on Tuesday, September 2, after paparazzi again trespassed on the property.
Roy Black, the criminal defense attorney who defended Bieber in a previous DUI case has also released a statement after this latest incident, saying:
“Justin, like many celebrities are continually harassed by police. Their privacy is shredded and these incidents can become dangerous. While the public is not particularly sympathetic, they must realize how difficult these cameramen make their lives.”
“So I am not surprised there is a conflict. It happens quite often, and as long as the paparazzi are highly paid for their photographs, they will continue.”
The singer is adding to his growing rap sheet.
On July 10, a Los Angeles judge placed Bieber on two year’s probation after he pleaded no contest to an egging-related misdemeanor vandalism case.
Plea deal terms included $80,900 restitution to the victim and a 12-week anger management course.
It is possible Justin’s latest arrest could trigger a probation violation and see the singer at a serious risk of a spell in jail.
Update: TMZ reports a probation violation investigation has now been launched by the Los Angeles County Probation Department because his arrest in Canada has set that in motion.
The site adds law enforcement sources say the investigation will determine if Justin’s arrest for dangerous driving and assault constitutes a violation.
Officials will contact Canadian law enforcement for details of the incident.
The arrest news comes after the Canadian was recently accused of lunging at a couple in a Dave & Buster’s restaurant in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles.
The LAPD have said they want to interview the singer about the claim this week.
Bieber was also recently warned by Beverly Hills police after he captured on video mounting his Can-Am Spyder three-wheeler motorbike onto a sidewalk in Beverly Hills last month.
Police said the singer was “putting other people’s safety in jeopardy.”
The heartthrob also recently pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest in a DUI case in Miami, Florida following his January arrest.
Bieber is also charged with assault in Toronto, stemming from an alleged assault of a limo driver on December 30.
The summary case is proceeding.
The Inquisitr will be updating this report as more information becomes available.
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