Justin Bieber DUI arraignment on Valentine's Day, petition launched
Justin Bieber has a date on Valentine's Day -- in court.
The 19-year-old teenage Canadian pop star and heartthrob is facing charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest and could face jail time if convicted. He is due to be arraigned at a Miami court on Feb. 14, legal records show.
Bieber and R&B singer Khalil were driving yellow and red Lamborghinis in a neighborhood in Miami Beach, Florida on Jan. 23 around 4 a.m. ET. Police detained them for several hours and say they were drag-racing -- which was not submitted as a formal charge -- and that Bieber cursed at the arresting officer five times. They also said he told him he had "consumed alcohol, smoked pot and prescription medication."
Bieber has not commented about his latest arrest. The singer has been buoyed by his fans, dubbed Beliebers, on social media. He said in a tweet posted a day later: "YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS >> BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL> MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE> I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL."
If found guilty of DUI, which would mark his first conviction, he could receive a maximum sentence of six months in jail, a maximum fine of $500 and 50 hours of community service. His license would also be suspended for six months because he is under the age of 21.
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The incident marks the most serious legal turmoil for Bieber. He is the subject of a police investigation of possible felony vandalism. His neighbor in California says the singer threw eggs at him and damaged his property. A former bodyguard is also suing Bieber over alleged unpaid wages.
The singer has also come under fire in recent months over rude public behavior -- last year, he urinated in a mop bucket at a restaurant and also sprayed cleaning liquid on a photo of former U.S. president Bill Clinton with cleaning liquid.
Bieber's arrest has stirred much anger online. Over the past few weeks, he has been criticized and also mocked heavily by people on all social media platforms -- Twitter, Facebook and even new app Whisper, in which people anonymously post images containing messages -- mostly personal confessions, rather than statements about pop culture.
"Anyone still defending Bieber after this DUI, stop. You are insulting those who have lost loved ones to drunk drivers," one person wrote.
The singer's arrest and controversies also inspired an online petition on the White House's website calling on President Barack Obama's administration to "Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card."
UPDATE: More than 138,000 people have signed it as of Wednesday afternoon, surpassing a goal of 100,000. Now, the White House must issue a response.
"We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," the petition states. "He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."