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Justin Bieber, latest child star battling (very public) fall

Published on Jan 31, 2014 10:20 AM
 
Justin Bieber appears at a police station in connection with an alleged criminal assault on Jan 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Bieber is the latest in a long line of troubled former child stars to veer off the rails - the question now is, can those around him save the teen from a complete train wreck. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Justin Bieber is the latest in a long line of troubled former child stars to veer off the rails - the question now is, can those around him save the teen from a complete train wreck. And if so, how? A spell in rehab? A tough-love crackdown by his management or family? It remains to be seen if the latest brushes with the law will prove a wake-up call for the 19-year-old Canadian heart-throb.

"If I were his manager, my temptation would be to just send Justin to his room for three months," Mr Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University, told Agence France-Presse.

"The problem is... there's 400 paparazzi outside his room taking pictures, not to mention he's tweeting from his room... If he tweets from the police station, he's gonna tweet from anywhere."

For those who follow Bieber's antics closely, his arrest in Miami Beach and assault charges in Toronto - within the space of less than a week - are hardly surprising.

 
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