The news that Justin Bieber was the subject of a deportation petition has not even dried on the metaphorical page yet and it looks like this action may be unnecessary. It seems that the Toronto Police have officially charged the 19 year-old pop star with assault at 9:40 p.m. after the singer turned himself in to the Toronto Police Department.
Back in December 30, 2013 in the wee hours of the morning; at approximately 02:45 a.m.; Justin was in a limousine which had been dispatched to pick him and certain members of his entourage up and take them all to the performer’s hotel. Sometime during the limo ride a scuffle broke out between the driver and one of the passengers. Police, at the time, did not specify whether the passenger was Bieber or not.
During the ride to the singer’s hotel, it was claimed that the driver was struck several times in the head by one of the passengers. Apparently these punches or slaps were painful enough that the chauffeur stopped the vehicle, got out and called the police. By the time law enforcement officials arrived all of the passengers had left the limo and the area.
Toronto Police asked for anyone who knew anything about the incident to contact them. Earlier on Wednesday, Bieber turned himself in to the police department and he has now been charged with assault. It looks as though Justin’s deportation could be unnecessary. If the teen tearaway is found guilty he could be declared persona non grata by the U.S. government.
Performers have been barred from entering the U.S. in the past because of criminal activity in another country or if they have had a record of unacceptable behavior, i.e. a police record. Granted, most of these “undesirables” are not celebrities and the unacceptable behavior falls more in the category of drugs possession or fraud, larceny, or the intent to harm persons or things.
In fact, the list of things that the American government do not consider to be appropriate behavior and therefore are not the type of folks that Uncle Sam want traversing the land of the free, is a pretty long one. Somewhat unsurprisingly, one of the things that is frowned upon is assault. The only time that a convicted individual may get a break is if the crime took place when the offender was under the age of 18.
Bieber was over 18 when the alleged incident took place above the border so if he is convicted of the crime, whether it results in jail time or not, he will suddenly fall into the arena, or category, of “not welcome.” Sadly for Bieber, it will not make any difference how many devout, and rabidly faithful, Beliebers he may, or may not, have.
The Canadian pop star has been on a downward spiral for some time now. 2013 was the singer’s year of misbehaving and he followed up all the previous allegations that were levied against him by starting out the new year with even more unacceptable behavior. Now that Justin Bieber has been officially charged with assault he will be expected to show up in court on March 10, 2014. If convicted the entire issue of the singer’s deportation could become unnecessary.
By Michael Smith