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Adam Lambert -- Accused of Battery

9/17/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... the Miami Beach Police Department is now in the middle of a violent incident involving "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert ... after the alleged victim filed a police report.

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Law enforcement sources tell us the paparazzo seen grappling with Lambert on the beach yesterday walked into a Miami Beach police station around 10:30 PM last night and filed a report ... accusing the singer of misdemeanor battery.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, the victim claims Adam grabbed his backpack "where the camera was placed" ... and "wrestled [the photog] to the ground forcefully."

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One big problem -- in photos that were taken of the incident, the camera appears to be in the photog's hand ... not in his bag.

The police report also notes that the photog didn't sustain any "bruises or lacerations."

Cops tell detectives will decide if the case is worth turning over to the State's Attorney -- who will decide whether to prosecute Lambert.  If convicted, Lambert could face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

After yesterday's clash -- Lambert went right to his Twitter account and posted, "I lost my temper for a sec but wow it felt great lol MIAMI!!!"

UPDATE: Lambert just tweeted, "Battery? Nope. I attempted to grab a camera, no punches were thrown and no one was on the ground.... It was literally harmless. If embarrassment is a crime- thats all I'm guilty of. "

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iamsuperdan    

WHo's the lady in the hat?

1407 days ago
2.

Stupid People Hater    

The twitter post doesn't help Lambert's case...

1407 days ago
3.

T    

what a dummy

1407 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Why are the paparazzi such big whiney *******. They want to get in peoples' faces and intrude yet they want to be treated like a dignitary. Freaking annoying mosquitos.

1407 days ago
5.

carpetMuncher    

I just love the Hollywood lawless crowd. I can't wait till this bunch of losers tell me who to vote for next. I love the way they support all the social programs only to find out they don't pay their taxes. Please you douchey people follow your leaders.

1407 days ago
6.

natasha    

Adam Lambert is THE nicest celebrity in the USA. You all KNOW that papz earn their living by harassing people for days and days and days. Get real Florida!

1407 days ago
7.

Flower    

The camera "appears" to be in his hand? The camera IS in his f**king hand! What BS! Who you gonna believe....that pap or your lying eyes? GO, Adam Lambert!

1407 days ago
8.

Squeaky Shoes    

paparazzi take their won lives into their hand when the stalk celebs and take unwanted and unwarranted pictures of them.

These a-holes have been the cause of many incidents and even deaths over the years and they bitch and moan to the police when someone tells them to go away... when they don't, they get the crap beat out of them.

I have ZERO sympathy for ANY papparazzi... and there should be a law against THEM presseng charges... these dirtbags are literally the s*** of the earth

1407 days ago
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maryliny    

This is why you are sleaze TMZ -- you paid the pap...and probably put in the contract that you would take his side... adam could just as easily be tickling the guy...and where's the photos of the pap smiling??? all through the altercation?

1407 days ago
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Squeaky Shoes    

and another thing... who said this was a "violent" incident... is that a police quote or a tmz-staff blowing things out of proportion for headline pulls...

because i would hardly call wrestling a slimeball papparazzi to the ground a "violent" incident...

1407 days ago
11.

KenzieQ    

The pap is laughing in all of the pictures! Doesn't look at all like he felt he was being battered. There should be laws against these paps that harass celebs for hours trying to provoke them. Adam gave the guy smiles and peace signs but that wasn't enough. Go TEAM ADAM!!

1407 days ago
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jus-sayin    

@ #1....I was thinking the same thing, what is up with the womens hat he is wearing? He should have to pay a fine just for that! HAHA

1407 days ago
13.

sw    

Most stalker photographers have more than one camera when running around harrassing people. The other camera could of been in the bag. The girl was most likely mad because her face wasn't all made up. Adam looks like a pretty plain boring woman to me. Pretty nails though.

1407 days ago
14.

Milan Jackson    

I have an idea.....hmmm...oooo! I GOT IT! Hey guys start killing paparazzi. Maybe they would stop being *******s and bothering the hell out of people. Yeah... stalk and kill paps! Find out where they live and start picking them off in mass if you could.

1407 days ago
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Buffynut82    

Not only is the camera still in his hand, but the photog also never "went to the ground." Was on his feet the whole time.
I agree with Squeaky Shoes, it should be illegal for paps to press charges against their targets.

1407 days ago
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