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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.


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."


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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C Carroll Adams PhD    

Lambert tweets, "What's the harm? I just tried to grab a camera!"

The camera has significant value, so grabbing it would be grand theft. Taking it from the owner who was holding it elevates the crime to robbery. If Lambert used any force or threat of force then the robbery could be filed as strong-arm robbery.

Of course there is celebrity justice.

1499 days ago


technically? lambert was the physical aggressor and put his hands on the pap - which is battery - correct?

1499 days ago

Steelers suck    

Sorry, I have no sympathy for all these so called celebrities. They wanted to be famous. Deal with it. Dealing with the paps are part of being famous. These attention whores wanted people to know them and wanted to be rich. Now they get all that comes with it. Besides, Lambert is a ***!

1499 days ago


Maybe the Hetro - Macho camera pap got his manhood challanged by having an open GAY guy get the best of him !!!!!! - Gotta protect that image!!!!

1499 days ago


And when the paps start to ignore them they go crazy and start doing illegal things just to get famous again, come on Adam you know you love it.

1499 days ago


Black's Law Dictionary says battery is a "harmful or offensive touching." Was offensive to be grabbed at? Most likely. If not, I can start grabbing any person on the street. Sorry Adam, consult a lawyer before you tweet.

1499 days ago


That pap dude let himself get harassed by a tranny. What kind of a man is he?

1499 days ago


Funny how the paparazzi loves to push the boundaries of the law in what they do, but are the first to go run to the police whenever anything bad happens to them, no matter how minor.

1499 days ago


Could you perhaps put your UPDATE at the beginning of your article, so as to be fair to Adam Lambert? Thanks. Love TMZ.

1499 days ago


What a bunch of crap in these comments. Why don't you see how much you'd like your privacy continuously intruded on. Paparazzi need to be strung up by their balls. They are leeches on society and completely useless pariahs. If they all went away tomorrow no one would miss them. I'm with Lambert on this one.

Posted at 9:58 AM on Sep 17, 2010 by Aaron

I totally agree that the paps are out of line and have no right to harass celebs like they do. BUT, assaulting them is not going to change anything.. the LAW needs to change!!! It IS harassment.. it's basically stalking.. it's intruding on peoples' lives and should be illegal.

1499 days ago


Go Adam! I'm in agreement with about 95% of these posts. Papparazzi are annoying s***bags who go around trying to provoke people and then whine when they get slugged. Even if Adam knocked the guy our cold, I'd still be behind him.

1499 days ago


God, I wish the paps would start harrassing morons like the ones posting their ignorance here slamming Adam who is the nicest celebrity out there, oh, and the best looking! I would love to see these big mouths cower if the tables were turned on them! Ya, you guys know who you are, you are lower than the idiot paps!
Rock on Adam, way to stick up for your friends!

1499 days ago

Lam M Y    

If Adam had any intention of punching and throwing the paparaz to the ground he would have removed his sunglasses and straw hat. Surely he knows it is very dangerous to a fight wearing sunglasses, what if he gets punched in the eyes! I don't think the police department would prosecute , lack of substantial evidence of physical violence! What the paparaz wants is money, he wants to scare Adam into giving him money !!

1499 days ago


TMZ papz are f$$king a-holes! Adam is out on the beach having fun then this idiot tries to take a pic right in Adams face!! GET REAL PEOPLE THE CAMERA IS IN THE PHOTOGS HAND AND IT'S NOT A BACKPACK BUT A SHOULDER BAG! AND IF YOU CAN'T SEE THAT THEN YOUR NOT ONLY BLIND BUT A F**KING RETARD!! Battery? c'mone give me a break! If your stupid enough to get in a stars face like that when they are trying to relax from all the papz and fans and a ridiculous schedule! You deserve to be smacked WHICH ADAM CLEARLY DID NOT DO!! Any charges filed should be against the photog!There should be a law that paparazzi must stay at least 100 yards away or more from any star. People have been hurt some seriously by the papz just because they want to get a pic before someone else does. Adam is a genuinely nice guy great entertainer and sexy to boot! He is only human,but the police and TMZ are having a great time trying to make Adam look like he is in the wrong. We all know that TMZ and law enforcement is blowing this all out of proportion because Adam is openly gay and everybody still loves him!TMZ needs to eat sh*t and leave Adam alone!! ADAM WE LOVE YOU AND KNOW THAT THINGS WILL WORK OUT OK! DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY!! :)) :)) :))

1499 days ago

Some Faustkateer    

Uh, grabbing the guy's camera IS battery, kid. Get an education, THEN get a job.

1499 days ago
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