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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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31.

bill    

looks like adam is trying to have sex with him

1495 days ago
32.

Uh    

"problem is camera appears to be in hand....." Golly...maybe he had more than one camera (like a zillion other paps).

1495 days ago
33.

maria    

Sorry, but no sympathy for paps at all. According to reports, the pap was photographing the group for an entire hour, then refused to leave. Would I be allowed to photograph a total stranger and his friends for an hour without the cops being called in for harassment? The irony of Lambert being accused of assault when the pap was stalking is huge. Also, was there a second photographer, plus a third pap filming this thing? How many people were in the bushes as this ass provoked this situation? How is this even legal?

1495 days ago
34.

MissLaila    

Well, that was something an ugly statement. Adam tried to get the paparazzi to go away so he could get a peaceful and quiet day, it's that too much to ask? This can be interpreted in many different ways, but the paparazzi are so oooh, oh so friendly and will never interfere with the famous singers and actors ... NOT!!! Who believes in that?! None! The paparazzi have even asked about it and will do it again 1000 times before it goes totally wrong. They never learn! Go, Adam! We love you<3

1495 days ago
35.

Lil    

Just give the name and address of the pap to the Glamberts and watch all hell break loose. M'Adam can wear whatever he wants, he still has more ba**ls than most other put together (the hat needs to burn though). Team Adam all the way, can't wait till his concert tonite!

1495 days ago
36.

t-in-sd    

You idiots that knock the paparazzi, and yet you're commenting on TMZ site. hmm ironic. Pot calling the kettle dumb. TMZ is all about paparazzi and based on it, so don't visit it if you don't like it, idiots. Paps have become part of the business, you visiting this site keeps them in business. I like it, so that's why I visit this site and celebs know to expect it, if they don't want to have pics taken, stay away from areas where the paps will be. simple.

1495 days ago
37.

Trisha    

#36 t-in-sd, I agree with everything you said except the "if they don't want to have pics taken, stay away from areas where the paps will be. simple." While that is true, in this case, it doesn't apply because he was just hanging out at the beach, lol.

1495 days ago
38.

Squeaky Shoes    

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

Posted at 7:33 AM on Sep 17, 2010 by Squeaky Shoes
so if some random person came up and wrestled you to the ground that would be okay,ummmm yeah

Posted at 7:42 AM on Sep 17, 2010 by MIDNIGHT TOKER
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in NO way did i say it was "ok"... i merely point out that wrestling someone to the ground is far from violent... was the pap stabbed? bloodied? broken something? didn't think so!

i guess YOU'RE saying then, that it's "ok" to stalk and follow someone taking pictures and then continuing to stalk and follow when you're told to piss off...

"yeah"

1495 days ago
39.

Joe    

Adam must have started his heriod. Chicks are like that.

1495 days ago
40.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

that clown has fingernail polish on...the pap should charge that queen with attempted rape

1495 days ago
41.

justsaying    

The photog should have just let lambert play with it. And he should have let him use the camera too.

1495 days ago
42.

Ali    

Kick his ass Adam....way to go!

1495 days ago
43.

Julia    

The paparazzi should stop following Lambert around. That way, his pathetic career can die its natural death already. I'm sick of the gender-bending prima donna.

1495 days ago
44.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

in NO way did i say it was "ok"... i merely point out that wrestling someone to the ground is far from violent... was the pap stabbed? bloodied? broken something? didn't think so!

i guess YOU'RE saying then, that it's "ok" to stalk and follow someone taking pictures and then continuing to stalk and follow when you're told to piss off...

"yeah"

Posted at 8:16 AM on Sep 17, 2010 by Squeaky Shoes
its a free world as long as your not actually impeding their way or touching them.I dont see his name as owner of this beach either...sure its okay,,its their job so fools like us can read about it and see the pics..
ummm yeah!!!!!!

1495 days ago
45.

maria    

@t-in-sd, Celebs need paps&vice versa. However, some paps are more professional than others. This incident involves a sleazy pap who went above and beyond the call of duty to create this situation. He obviously had helpers who photographed it from afar, which in turn makes me wonder if he was sent to create this scuffle in the first place. Adam said he was provoked. I believe him. imo TMZ is nowhere as sleazy as this.

Btw I had a photographer friend who knew paps in LA. He realized that celebs need paps and vice versa. This situation, however, is not routine.

1495 days ago
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