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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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151.

Blu    

Thank God you won't be at his concert......so why are you here...I guess you like Adam

1411 days ago
152.

LTBK    

After seeing more of these pictures on different sites it makes my blood boil. Hearing that this pap was skulking around taking his picture for AN HOUR and then seeing him laughing liking a little girl, running with his camera I do not know how ANYONE could not want to punch his face in.

1411 days ago
153.

tony oda    

Atta boy Lambert. Too bad the camera wasn't shoved where his title belongs.

1411 days ago
154.

Addicted_To_Adam    

I can not believe that slimy pap has the nerve to, not only accuse Adam of "battery", but go to the police about it. Especially when all photos and witnesses see that he was on his feet the whole time and the f**king camera was in his hand! It's outrageous that those freaks get PAID to harass celebrities 24/7! Oh, and TMZ forgot to mention this one little fact- the pap was one of their own!!! He was a photographer for TMZ!!! I think Milan Jackson (comment #14) is right! Get rid of the paparazzi! It will be a better world for everyone!!!
So, TMZ, stop posting ridiculous lies about THE nicest man in the music industry, and and STOP PAYING THOSE F**KING PARASITES TO STALK INNOCENT CELEBS!

PS. Why don't celebs press charges against the paps for stalking?!

1411 days ago
155.

Addicted_To_Adam    

Oh, and, in response to 152-
Stop being an ass and get the hell out of here! If you don't like him, don't have anything to do with him. He's a much better person than you are, considering the fact he'd never posting anything this psychotic about an ass like you.

1411 days ago
156.

Glam Fan    

Rule #1 don't f**k with Adam Lambert Rule #2 Don't F**k with Adam Lambert Rule #3 see rules #1 and #2....Any questions ask A Glambert we will be glad to school ya....Peace out...Oh and the paps can suck a big un..Maybe that is what he wanted...JS

1411 days ago
157.

Glam Fan    

Looks like vote for the worst and top idol have slimed and sleezed their way over here...really guys you should really get a life..you said he would never be anything, well you are wrong it is you that will never be anything, so while you sit there with your cheeto stained keyboard get over yourselves, it isn't attractive, nor is it gonna get you a date with him. Glamberts rule and haters will always be on us.

1411 days ago
158.

RabbleRouser    

There Is a camera in his hand- but that doesn't mean he doesn't also have one in his backpack. Most professionals carry more than one, which is probably why TMZ would be unaware of this.

1411 days ago
159.

AnnieSH    

@Addicted_To_Adam

Sorry, but it's a catch 22. Everyone thinks the paps are s*** and should be arrested, but yet everyone - yes, including you - wants to see the pictures of their favourite celebrities in their everyday life.

So who do you think takes THOSE pictures, hmm?

1411 days ago
160.

AnnieSH    

Oh, just to be clear: I wrote s.c.u.m. NOT s.h.i.t. Beats me why they hid it.

1411 days ago
161.

karen    

Battery? Really? Anyone hurt? The pap was laughing the whole time! The paps push beyond the limit on these celebrities and crack up laughing when they react....then go and file charges when no one was hurt? I get it if he was punched or his camera damaged, but wtf?

1411 days ago
162.

GLAMBERT1427    

The freaking paparazzi needs to let famous people alone!! They got plenty of other pictures of him that day, so there was no need for that dude to take another picture of Adam. I am totaly on Adam's side!! I mean come on he has been on tour all summer!! GIVE HIM A BREAK!! HE DID NOT DO ANYTHING WRONG!!!!

1411 days ago
163.

debbie    

Someone needs to educate Lambert that the simple act of touching another person without permission is battery. Hitting them is assault.

1411 days ago
164.

callie    

@sassy #141 You say "You would think the police would have wanted to gather more info, like how close were the two parties, and what were their exchanges like prior to the altercation?" What makes you think they didn't gather that info and after doing so decided not to bring charges?

1411 days ago
165.

karen    

The pap was laughing the whole time! Hardly behaving in a fearful manner. The paps push celebrities beyond the limit and then crack up laughing when they react....then they go and file charges when no one was hurt? In fact this pap did not even go to police until 10:30pm that night...sounds like an attorney got a hold of him (or his boss wanting more publicity) Harvey maybe?

1411 days ago
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