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Bieber pleads not guilty in DUI, petition to deport hits 140k
MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bieber has pleaded not guilty in to charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license in Florida.
Court records show that Bieber's attorney filed the written plea Wednesday in Miami-Dade County. Bieber already has an arraignment set for Feb. 14, but Florida law doesn't require the 19-year-old pop star to be present.
Defense attorney Mark Shapiro says a decision on whether Bieber will attend has not been made.
Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested last week in Miami Beach during what police described as an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Neither has been charged with drag racing.
Police say Bieber cursed at an officer and admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication.
A petition calling for the deportation of Canadian-born singer has reached over 140,000 signatures by Wednesday night, pushing past the threshold of 100k, prompting a response from the White House.
The White House issued the 100,000 threshold after other petitions went viral, including building a Death Star in space.
The petition is still available on the We the People website. Other petitions, including one to disregard the petitions demanding the deportation.