An assault case involving pop star Justin Bieber will return to a Toronto court on April 14.
A lawyer for Bieber appeared in court on Monday to set the date for the new hearing. Bieber was not required to attend Monday’s appearance, and is not required to be present in April either.
“This was just a routine appearance,” lawyer Brian Greenspan said outside the Old City Hall courthouse.
“Mr. Bieber will not be in court on the 14th nor is he required to appear until a trial date has been set.”
That didn’t prevent his fans from showing up on Monday.
About a dozen young women gathered at the courthouse hoping the Canadian pop sensation would at least be looped in via a video link — although that didn’t happen either.
Bieber, who turned 20 on March 1, was charged with one count of assault stemming from an incident last year.
A limo driver alleged he was driving six people from a downtown nightclub to a hotel when one person repeatedly struck him in the head. The incident occurred on Dec. 29, 2013. Bieber surrendered to Toronto police on Jan. 29 and was charged and released.
The conditions of his release include good behaviour and not contacting the limo driver.
The pop star also faces charges in Florida and recently settled a lawsuit with a former bodyguard.
On Jan. 23, he was charged with driving under influence, resisting arrest and using an expired licence after police say they caught him allegedly drag racing in Miami Beach. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
With files from The Canadian Press