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New charges against Justin Bieber the latest in a line of legal woes

Posted: 09/2/2014 5:03 PM | Comments: 0

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TORONTO - Justin Bieber's arrest in Ontario on charges of dangerous driving and assault is the latest in a series of run-ins with the law for the Canadian pop star. A look at some of Bieber's recent legal troubles:

Dec. 30, 2013: Police allege Bieber hit the driver several times in the back of the head after the pop star and five others were picked up by a limousine in Toronto on Dec. 30, 2013. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to assault.

Jan. 14, 2014: Police searched Bieber's home in Calabasas, Calif., and detectives later filed a search warrant following an egg-tossing incident which caused damage to a neighbour's home. In July, Bieber pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour vandalism charge and was ordered to pay nearly $81,000 in damages and to serve two years' probation. The singer was also ordered to complete five days of community labour and a 12-week anger-management program. Bieber has since moved from Calabasas into a Beverly Hills condo.

Jan. 23, 2014: Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race involving the pop star and a friend. Neither was charged with drag racing, but Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police officers. Urine tests also revealed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. In August, Bieber pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest. A plea deal struck with prosecutors included a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution already made to a local children's organization and a $500 fine.

Aug. 20, 2014: A lawsuit filed by paparazzo Aja Oxman alleged Bieber ordered his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, to take a memory card after the photographer snapped photos of the pop singer on a Hawaiian beach in November of 2013. The suit also alleged Patterson placed Oxman in a chokehold and seriously injured him and damaged his camera. The photographer is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $25,000 for assault and battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bieber wasn't arrested and no charges were filed against him due to a lack of evidence that he ordered Patterson to attack Oxman.

Aug. 29, 2014: Bieber was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV in a rural area northeast of his hometown of Stratford, Ont. A lawyer for the pop star said Bieber's "peaceful retreat" with Selena Gomez — the singer's on-again, off-again girlfriend — was "unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi" whom he said was involved in the incident. Bieber is to appear in a Stratford court on Sept. 29.

— With files from The Associated Press

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