Toronto Mayor Rob Ford backs Justin Bieber 

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  • This Oct. 31, 2013, file photo shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford telling the media to get off his property as he leaves his home in Toronto. Pop star Justin Bieber is giving Ford a brief respite as Canada's favorite bad boy and butt of all jokes.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber.

“Well, you know what, he’s a young guy,” Ford said in a radio interview Thursday, The Associated Press reports. “At 19 years old, I wish I was as successful as he was. He’s 19 years old, guys. Think back to when you were 19.”

Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack while in a drunken stupor and is being sued for allegedly orchestrating the jailhouse beating of his sister’s ex-boyfriend, defended the pop star after Washington, D.C.-based radio show “The Sports Junkies” called Bieber “Canada’s worst export.”

According to a recent toxicology report from Bieber’s Miami DUI arrest, Bieber tested clean for alcohol but was found to have anti-anxiety medication and marijuana in his system.

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