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Justin Bieber detained at LAX by U.S. Customs officials

By Richard Winton

Los Angeles Times

LAST UPDATED: 06:30 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES » Justin Bieber's legal woes may be catching up with him after he was detained in a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol area at Los Angeles International Airport upon his return from Asia on Thursday, sources said.

The 20-year-old pop star was being questioned by officials, but no formal action had yet been taken against the Canadian-born performer, who is facing DUI charges in Miami, was arrested in Toronto and is being investigated in Los Angeles County for vandalism, sources said.

A source cautioned that the delay at Tom Bradley International Terminal is not a formal detention or arrest.

His behavior led to a petition on the White House's website in January, asking officials to deport him after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in Miami Beach.

The petition collected more than 273,000 signatures, making it one of the most popular on the website and eclipsing other issues. The White House declined to comment on the effort.

Bieber was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach for allegedly driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Six days later, Toronto police arrested him on suspicion of assaulting a limousine driver last December.

Bieber's former home in Calabasas was raided by L.A. County sheriff's deputies after they labeled him a suspect in the egging of a neighbor's home in January.

Investigators said the incident had been classified as a felony because the homeowner reported the value of the damage to his house at $20,000.

The egging incident marks the latest clash between the pop star and his former neighbors, who accused him of throwing loud parties and speeding through the neighborhood.

Sheriff's detectives have turned over their investigation to L.A. County prosecutors.

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den wrote:
what an idiot...
on April 24,2014 | 11:24PM
atilter wrote:
this can't happen to a nicer person!!!
on April 25,2014 | 03:37AM
Would it be inappropriate to suggest that someone just beat him up, and perhaps knock out a few teeth?
on April 25,2014 | 04:23AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not inappropriate, suggestion warranted!
on April 25,2014 | 05:20AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Not inappropriate at all. Where do I sign up?
on April 25,2014 | 06:28AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Petty harassment without legal cause. They do it because they can.
on April 25,2014 | 04:58AM
cojef wrote:
Inexpensive PR this time since no charges have been lodged. However, it has been rather expensive attorney fees to go to court so the PR although there is expensive once the lawyers get involved.
on April 25,2014 | 07:24AM
Mythman wrote:
Mr B ought to be excused due to his being distracted by penning a philosophical discourse on Hip Hop and its relationship to American Constitutionalism........
on April 25,2014 | 07:42AM
Slow wrote:
Why was I stupid enough to bother reading this "news?" Well, I did and so did you. Next.
on April 25,2014 | 08:02AM
paniolo wrote:
Keep him in Canada and no problems anywhere else. Spoiled brat...
on April 25,2014 | 08:15AM
localguy wrote:
Send him to North Korea to do a concert. Dear leader can keep him as long as he wants. The Bieb would look good with a haircut like the dear leader has.
on April 25,2014 | 09:08AM
handsomeguy wrote:
Throw the bum out of our country
on April 25,2014 | 10:01AM
Anonymous wrote:
I don't think he's being targeted because he's a celebrity. He's being targeted because he's a jerk.
on April 25,2014 | 10:57AM
hikine wrote:
I guess he wanted to shed his goody goody image for a bad boy image, it's a workin'! He's just going to a phase, didn't kill anyone, life goes on.
on April 25,2014 | 11:28AM
lowtone123 wrote:
You can keep him!
on April 25,2014 | 11:38AM
Mei mei wrote:
273K that's a lot of disgruntled peeps @ Beiber!
on April 25,2014 | 11:44AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
"Believe" in him? I think not.
on April 25,2014 | 11:48AM
samidunn wrote:
He should be Canada's problem not ours. Send him packing and don't let him come back.
on April 25,2014 | 11:55AM
joeglick wrote:
How tough would he be without his body guards.
on April 26,2014 | 02:59AM
joeglick wrote:
He's your problem now. Regards, Canada
on April 26,2014 | 03:00AM
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