Justin Bieber has new legal woes, in his home country

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Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Justin Bieber's Believe' at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



(USA TODAY) - The bad news for bad-boy Justin Bieber keeps piling up.

The Canadian media is reporting Biebs is headed to the country where he was born to face charges in connection with an alleged assault involving a limo driver in Toronto last year.

The Associated Press confirmed Bieber was expected to turn himself in in Toronto to face an assault charge, quoting an unnamed police official.

It supposedly happened on Dec. 29, when Bieber was in town and attending a Toronto Maple Leafsgame, says the CBC.

"Police sources tell CBC News Bieber will arrive in Toronto today and will be officially charged at the 52 Division police station with a notice to appear at a later date," the network reported.

Police were called back in December to investigate allegations that some kind of fracas took place involving Bieber's entourage and a limo driver who was driving the 19-year-old pop star and several others around Toronto.

At the time, the cops were close-mouthed about the case and it wasn't even clear that Bieber was involved in the alleged assault or was merely in the limo at the time.

Why the case is surfacing now isn't entirely clear either, but it's not helping the image of the once squeaky-clean pop star-turned-troublemaker, who's already being investigated for allegedly egging his neighbor's house in California and for alleged drag-racing and DUI in Florida. (He filed papers pleading not guilty to DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license in Florida on Wednesday.)

Some Americans are so fed up they've posted petitions on the White House We the People website, demanding Bieber be deported back to Canada. It's a move that has no legal force but it looks bad for the Biebs. So far,more than 132,000 people have signed one petition. The White House is supposed to respond after 100,000 sign a petition but so far it has not.

Bieber, who once said he would never become an American citizen because Canada is so much better and has a national health service, is a legal resident of the USA under a type of visa granted to entertainers. If he were to be convicted of a serious crime, he could be deported but it's not likely.

A Canadian conviction on a serious offense wouldn't affect his status in the USA but there's always a possibility it could slow him down when he tries to re-enter the country.

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