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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sticks up for Justin Bieber, says he's only 19

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is sticking up for another headline-grabbing Canadian — Justin Bieber. Ford was asked about the pop singer when he spoke by phone Thursday to hosts on the Washington, D.C.-based Sports Junkies radio show. Ford said Bieber is only 19 and asked the radio personalities, who called Bieber "Canada's worst export," to think back to when they were that age. On Wednesday, Bieber was charged in Toronto with assault.

Toxicology report says Justin Bieber had marijuana, Xanax in system after Fla. arrest

MIAMI - A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida. The report released Thursday by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's office also shows no presence of other illicit drugs in Bieber's system, such as cocaine or oxycodone. The 19-year-old pop star was arrested last week on Miami Beach on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and having an expired driver's license.

In double legal trouble, Bieber tests positive for pot, meds

By Cameron French and Zachary Fagenson TORONTO/MIAMI BEACH (Reuters) - Teen pop star Justin Bieber, facing charges in the United States and Canada, had pot and anti-anxiety medication in his system when arrested in Florida last week but told police his mother "takes care" of his prescriptions, according to official reports released Thursday.

Justin Bieber failing to divert attention from scandals to music: experts

TORONTO - Justin Bieber's efforts to promote new music in the midst of his latest scandal are falling flat, say marketing experts familiar with celebrity meltdowns. The pop star is currently juggling myriad legal troubles, but that hasn't sent the 19-year-old into hiding with trusted advisers. Around the time he appeared at a Toronto police station to be charged with assault on Wednesday night, a video featuring Bieber popped up on Instagram, showing the upbeat teen urging fans to check out a new video for "Confident."

Canadian limo driver allegedly assaulted by Bieber quit his job: report

By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - The limousine driver alleged to have been assaulted by teen popstar Justin Bieber quit his job following the December incident, the manager of the limo company told the Toronto Star in an article published on Thursday. The driver is "in shock. Something like this does not happen in Toronto," Tony Albert, manager of Park Lane Livery limousines, told the newspaper. He said the driver was middle-aged and new to the position, but he declined to disclose his identity on the advice of legal counsel.

Toronto mayor defends Bieber after new charge, but not his music

TORONTO (Reuters) - Justin Bieber has run afoul of police in both Canada and the United States in just one week, but the teenage pop star has at least one defender who knows something about negative attention: fellow Canadian and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Ford, who has become a staple of late-night punch lines since he admitted in November that he had smoked crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor", defended Bieber on Thursday during an interview on a Washington, D.C., radio show called Sports Junkies.

Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford defends Bieber

Toronto's bad boy mayor Rob Ford on Thursday defended troubled pop star Justin Bieber after police in Canada's largest city charged the teenager with assault, his second arrest in a week. "He's a young guy, 19 years old. I wish I was as successful as he was," Ford told a Washington radio show, urging listeners to "think back" to when they were teenagers. Bieber was charged Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto last month.

Bieber arrested in Toronto on assault charge

Toronto, Jan 30 (EFE).- Pop star Justin Bieber surrendered to Toronto police for booking on an assault charge arising from a Dec. 30 incident with a limo driver. The Canadian singer spent nearly two hours at a downtown police station before he was released pending a court hearing set for March 10. "(O)n Monday, December 30, 2013 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a limousine picked up a group of six people outside a nightclub in the Peter Street and Adelaide Street West area," Toronto police said in a statement.

Police charge Justin Bieber with assault

Troubled heartthrob pop star Justin Bieber was charged Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver, Canadian police said, after the 19-year-old turned himself in with a crowd of female fans screaming their support. The charges are the latest run-in with the law for the teen singer after his arrest in Miami Beach on January 23 for drag racing and impaired driving, and after his Los Angeles mansion was searched because he allegedly hurled eggs at a neighbor's house.

Justin Bieber to be charged with assault in Toronto: CBC

By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be charged with assault in Toronto over an incident in December involving a limousine driver, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Wednesday, citing unidentified police sources. The broadcaster said Bieber was expected to arrive in Toronto on Wednesday and be formally charged. Bieber's representatives declined to comment on the report.
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