Justin Bieber Detained by Immigration Officials at LAX

Justin Bieber Detained by Immigration Officials at LAX

Getty Images

The pop phenom had just arrived at the airport on an international flight from Japan

Pop superstar Justin Bieber was detained and questioned by immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday afternoon, following a string of legal troubles that may have led to extra interrogation from authorities.

The “Boyfriend” singer, 20, had just arrived at LAX on an international flight from Japan, and was in the Tom Bradley International Terminal when he was pulled aside by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Also read: White House Responds to ‘Deport Justin Bieber’ Petition: Is This the End for Our Famous Canadian Friend?

The singer was with his bodyguards who were said to be waiting outside for him while Bieber was questioned.

Around the time that he was detained, Bieber tweeted: “Big things coming….”

Customs and Border Protection released a statement saying that, while it cannot comment on the processing of any specific individual's passage across the border, ”applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States” and “must overcome ALL grounds of inadmissibility” (emphasis original).

Also read: Justin Bieber Laughs, Curses and Threatens His Way Through Court Deposition Footage (Video)

Bieber is currently battling a civil suit brought by a Los Angeles paparazzo who alleges the singer kicked him in the stomach back in 2012, and he is also awaiting trial for a January DUI incident in Miami.

More than 273,000 people recently signed a White House petition urging the federal government to “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.”

The petition was inspired by Bieber's DUI arrest on Jan. 23, in Miami Beach, Fla. The Canadian singer was drag racing in a rented Lamborghini, when he failed a field sobriety test and was subsequently charged with DUI, police said.

Also read: Justin Bieber Apologizes for Visiting Tokyo Shrine Honoring War Criminals

Last week the White House released a statement responding to the deportation petition. “Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one,” the statement said.

“The We the People terms of participation state that, ‘to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition.' So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case.”