Justin Bieber charged with assault, dangerous driving in Canada

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Posted: Sep 02, 2014 12:18 PM

TORONTO (Reuters) - Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near the small Canadian town where he grew up, one of his lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday.

The charges came after two drivers got into a "physical altercation" on Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, citing police. The CBC said a minivan and an all-terrain vehicle had collided in Perth East township, just outside the town of Stratford, Ontario.

"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez' peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi," said Bieber's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, in an emailed statement.

"This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault."

Local police could not immediately be reached to confirm the report.

(Reporting by Allison Martell; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson and Andrew Hay)