MANILA, Philippines – Pop superstar Justin Bieber is accused of physical battery after being involved in an altercation with a photographer, US media reported Sunday, May 27 (Monday, May 28 in Manila).
TMZ reported that Bieber was at a mall in Calabasas, California, past noon Sunday when a paparazzo attempted to photograph him, which ended up in “some sort of physical altercation” between the two.
The photographer, whose name was not disclosed by the police, called 911, but Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez already left the scene when policemen arrived.
“The victim complained of pain and requested medical attention. Personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and later released,” an email sent by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to KTLA-5 reporter David Begnaud read.
The photographer is now alleging Bieber of misdemeanor battery, the email read.
“Los Angeles Count Sheriff’s Department Malibu-Lost Hills Station detectives are investigating the incident,” the email added.
TMZ added, several witnesses saw that a lawyer spoke to the photographer and said “he could get a lot of money out of the incident,” advising the photographer to call an ambulance and file a report.
The witnesses, TMZ added, said they saw the photographer block “Justin’s car as the singer was trying to leave.”
“Justin got out of the car and asked the guy to move away but he wouldn’t, and a scuffle ensued,” the celebrity website added. – Rappler.com
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