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.
"While driving the group to a hotel, an altercation occurred between one of the passengers and the driver of the limousine. In the course of the altercation, a man struck the limousine driver on the back of the head several times," the statement continued.
The driver then stopped the car, got out of the vehicle and called police, but the assailant left the scene before officers arrived.
Bieber's California-based attorney, Howard Weitzman, said in a statement released while the teen idol was still inside the police station that his client was innocent and that he expected Canadian prosecutors to treat the charge as "the equivalent of a misdemeanor."
Police and bodyguards had to clear a path for Bieber through the crowd of fans and reporters that had gathered in front of the Division 52 station in expectation of his arrival Wednesday evening.
Bieber was detained in Miami Beach last week on accusations of DUI and drag racing. He was freed on $2,500 bail. EFE