Justin Bieber put in chokehold, kicked out of Coachella: report

ABOVE: The hosts of Global Toronto’s The Morning Show talk about Justin Bieber’s reported incident at Coachella.

TORONTO — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was reportedly involved in a fracas Sunday night with security guards at the Coachella music festival.

According to TMZ, Bieber was placed in a chokehold and escorted out of the California festival during a headlining performance by Bieber’s fellow Canadian, rapper Drake.

The website claimed Bieber was barred from entering the artists’ area because it was at capacity. When he persisted, he was forcibly removed.

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TMZ reported its sources countered that Bieber left the festival voluntarily and the 21-year-old singer is considering legal action against the security guards.

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A rep for Bieber could not be reached for comment.

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Many fans hoped Bieber’s days of making headlines for things other than his music were behind him. At the conclusion of a Comedy Central roast in his honour in March, the Ontario-born singer vowed to clean up his act.

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“There’s been moments I’m really proud of and a lot of moments I look back and I’m pretty disappointed with myself for,” said Bieber.

“But the things that I’ve done really don’t define who I am. I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people and, through it all, lost some of my best qualities. For that, I’m sorry. But what I can say is that I’m looking forward to being someone you can look at and be proud of.”

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Earlier, he posted a video online in which he said he was “kind and gentle.”

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Bieber, who hasn’t released a new album since 2012, is back on the charts thanks to the Skrillex and Diplo collaboration “Where Are U Now,” which features Bieber’s vocals. The video for the song has been viewed nearly 9 million times.

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