Justin Bieber's legal woes continue to make headlines and hearts from "Beliebers" continue to break as the Canadian pop-star turned bad-boy is being threatened to be deported. After a run-in with the law last week on DUI, Bieber has now been charged with criminal assault in his home country of Canada from a previous arrest.
The 19-year-old made headlines and social media exploded when he was arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach, Florida, for driving under the influence with an expired license and resisting arrest. The image of Bieber in a red jumpsuit in front of the judge indicated that the sweet teen who swooned millions with his song, "Baby," has already grown up and in a career-threatening situation. It turned out that before his arrest in Miami last week Bieber was already facing legal issues.
On Wednesday night, January 29, Bieber returned to Toronto, Canada to turn himself in for assault charges from an arrest on December 30. The Canadian native was arrested for allegedly brawling with a limousine driver. The driver claims that Bieber and his group began striking him in the back of the head on the way to a hotel from a nightclub. The altercation was severe that the driver pulled over the car and called the police.
Once a beloved star who sold out concerts and released hit albums, Bieber is now being denounced by many fans and Americans. A petition on the official White House website met the goal of gaining 100,000 signatures to garner political attention. As of January 30, the petition to deport Justin Bieber back to Canada and revoke his green card has totaled more than 177,000 signatures. The petition reads:
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."
Because the petition has gained over 100,000, the White House can officially weigh in on the deportation of Bieber in part of the signatures. President Obama may or may not have to take this matter in his hands. "Every petition that crosses the threshold will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and receive a response," said assistant White House spokesman Matt Lehrich. Despite the hundreds of signatures and the White House looking at the case, the petition does not guarantee that it will take immediate action or grant the people their request.
Bieber's attorney is cooperating with the courts and officials to clear him out of any further legal action. "Our position is that Mr. Bieber is innocent. As the matter is now before the court, it would be inappropriate to address the specifics of either the allegation or of our defense at this time." According to officials, Bieber is ordered to appear in court on March 10 in Toronto, Canada, and February 14 for his Miami arrest.