Rob Ford Defends Justin Bieber

“Think back to when you were 19, guys.”

1. Listen to Rob Ford respond to the question: “What is going on with Canada’s worst export: Justin Bieber?”

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“He’s a young guy. At 19 years old I wish I was as successful as he is,” said Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, when asked to comment on fellow Canadian Justin Bieber during his weekly appearance on Washington, D.C., radio show “The Sports Junkies.”

“Think back to when you were 19, guys.”

Bieber was arrested in Toronto on assault charges Wednesday evening after turning himself into police. The same day, Ford made news when allegations surfaced that he ordered the jail beating of a convicted drug dealer who used to date Ford’s sister.

Ford says he’s never met Bieber and when asked if he listens to his music, Ford replied, “No,” and said, “I’m 45 years old, guys.”

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Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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