Justin Bieber absent at court proceeding, fans show up anyway

Justin Bieber didn't attend a court proceeding related to an assault charge he faces in Toronto, but that didn't prevent his fans from showing up anyway.

Canadian pop star not required to attend court date for alleged limo driver assault

Justin Bieber didn't attend a court proceeding Monday related to an assault charge he faces in Toronto, but that didn't prevent his fans from showing up.

About a dozen young women gathered at a downtown courthouse hoping the Canadian pop sensation would at least be looped in via a video link — although that didn't happen either.

Instead, a subsequent hearing was set for April 14 — another proceeding Bieber isn't obliged to attend in person.

Police allege Bieber hit a limousine driver several times in the back of the head after he and five others were picked up by a limo in the early hours of Dec. 30.

Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police in January to face the charge, drawing a crowd of jostling journalists and deliriously screaming fans.

The 19-year-old Stratford, Ont., native was charged with one count of assault and spent about two hours in the station before slipping out a back exit.

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