By Zachary Fagenson
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – Teen pop star Justin Bieber had marijuana and prescription medication for anxiety in his system at the time of his arrest last week in Miami Beach, the state attorney’s office said on Thursday.
The preliminary report issued by the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney did not detail the amount of marijuana and alprazolam, better known as the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, that the 19-year-old singer had in his system. Police have said he failed a field sobriety test after they had caught him allegedly drag racing on Jan. 23.
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Bieber, who is Canadian, was charged with driving under influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving on an expired license. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is expected back in court on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
The “Boyfriend” singer, who is under the U.S. legal drinking age of 21, also had a minimal amount of alcohol in his system but had difficulty performing a breathalyzer test for alcohol, police said in an affidavit.
The affidavit was posted online by the CBS television affiliate in Miami, WFOR-TV, and its authenticity was confirmed by Miami Beach police detective Vivian Hernandez.
The singer’s representatives declined to comment.
Bieber, whose private life has taken a tumultuous turn in the past year, was also charged on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December.
TORONTO MAYOR DEFENDS BIEBER, NOT HIS MUSIC
TORONTO (Reuters) – Justin Bieber has run afoul of police in both Canada and the United States in just one week, but the teenage pop star has at least one defender who knows something about negative attention: fellow Canadian and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Ford, who has become a staple of late-night punch lines since he admitted in November that he had smoked crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor”, defended Bieber on Thursday during an interview on a Washington, D.C., radio show called “Sports Junkies.”
“Well, you know what, he’s a young guy,” said Ford, an avid football fan who is regular guest on the sports show.
“At 19-years-old, I wish I was as successful as he was. He’s 19-years-old, guys. Think back to when you were 19.”
Ford made the comment after one of the hosts call Bieber “Canada’s worst export.”
Asked if he was a fan of Bieber’s music, Ford said his tastes leaned more toward classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and the Eagles.
“I’m 45-years-old, so there’s a big difference here,” he said.
Bieber was charged on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December. The singer’s Canadian lawyer said in a statement that Bieber is not guilty.
Last week, Bieber was charged with driving under the influence in Miami after police say he was caught drag racing a rented Lamborghini. Miami Beach police said Bieber told them he had taken a prescription medicine, smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol. Bieber has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Ford, who is running for re-election as the mayor of Canada’s largest city, also faced fresh controversy on Wednesday after his sister’s former boyfriend filed a lawsuit alleging Ford had conspired to have him threatened and beaten while in prison.
Asked about the lawsuit on the radio show, Ford declined to comment, saying the matter was before the courts. Ford’s lawyer said the allegations were false and irresponsible.
(Reporting by Cameron French, additional reporting by Randall Palmer in Ottawa; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson; and Peter Galloway)