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Justin Bieber

Battery Suspect

5/28/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Justin Bieber
is a suspect in a criminal battery ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Justin was in Calabasas, where he lives, just after noon Sunday at a mall called The Commons.  A paparazzo attempted to take Justin's picture and, according to law enforcement, some sort of physical altercation erupted between Justin and the camera guy.

The photog called 911, and when cops arrived Justin and GF Selena Gomez had already split. 

The photog complained of pain to his upper torso, an ambulance was summoned and he was taken to a local hospital where he was examined and released a short time later.

The photog filed a police report naming Justin as the culprit. Cops are investigating the incident as a misdemeanor battery.

Law enforcement tells us detectives want to speak with Justin, Selena and any other witnesses.

We placed a call to Justin's rep ... so far, no comment.

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We're told several witnesses at the scene say after the altercation, a lawyer walked up to the photog and said he could get a lot of money out of the incident and advised the dude to call for an ambulance and file a police report. 

Witnesses also say the photog had been blocking 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.

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136.

kathy    

You know what i find strange? They have pictures taken from the paparazzi of practically everthing that happened in this incident, like Justin running out of the van, Justin getting calmed down by Selena, Justin talking to the paparazzi guy, but they dont actually have pictures of the actual scuffle or Justin shovong this guy.. Why is that? Where was the other paparazzi with their cameras then? I smell a scam!!

816 days ago
137.

Lenny    

Photographer is a ***** and the attorney who tried to make a buck probable does the photogarpher s*** bags

816 days ago
138.

Justin Bieber     

I don't want you to talk crap about me and this is really Justin Bieber

816 days ago
139.

Matt    

If this becomes an actual lawsuit and Justin has to cancel parts of his tours, then I will find the punkass paparazzi's name and address, walk up to his door, knock on it, take a sharpie and write "*******" on his forehead and just walk away clean.

816 days ago
140.

We got biebers back    

Give justin a break! The photographer shouldnt get money just cuz the photog wants to me noticed .

816 days ago
141.

kelly    

He has been caught on video shooting birds at reporters and fans several times. He was caught on tape cursing reporters in front of young fans. He almost ran over reporters once. Now this? Sure, the media can be ruthless and invasive but why not have some class. As if cussing someone out really ever made things better or made reporters go away! I agree the photographers cross the line but this is what they want! They love to get celebrities upset, angry, and violent. That is worth a LOT more than just a boring and typical shot. This photo does appear doctored and I wish Mr. Bieber the best.

816 days ago
142.

Paola Vera    

so cute <3 without the supra... just JB punches the face of a papz with a supra.... REALLY IN LOVE WITH HIM

816 days ago
143.

Monkey    

Must have been the training from Mike Tyson.

816 days ago
144.

Justin    

I can't imagine what it'd be like to be tracked like this every hour of every day. It's what "celebrities" sign up for. But that being said, in a public place, unless someone physically touches you, there is no legal defense against hitting. It's assault.

816 days ago
145.

Maria    

Pain in his upper torso?? Really?? People these days....lol

816 days ago
146.

taylor    

who is on weekend staff at TMZ???? its SELENA not SELINA!!!!

816 days ago
147.

Chris    

While I don't believe in violence nor do i like JB if photos want to shoot stars they got to stop being *******! Get a real job or go become a photographer in war torn areas where if you get killed no one is charged!

816 days ago
148.

Mike    

When I first heard this, I thought whatever. F BIEBER.

BUT THESE F'ING PUNKISH PHOTOGRAPHERS. BLOCKING THEM IN TO GET MORE PICTURES.

WONDER IF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS COULD BE CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING OR SOMETHING CRIMINAL!

F THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

816 days ago
149.

Gurgle    

The JB Stimulus package. Somewhere some ex-pap is test driving a Porsche today all the while considering vanity plates. I would go with "BBERCSH"

816 days ago
150.

scoopie    

team justin. he's so mellow that you know this photographer did a whole lotta wrong to get him to come at him.

816 days ago
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