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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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151.

Mike    

YOU KNOW WITH BIEBER'S $$$$$$, HIS LAWYERS WILL FIGHT THIS BIG TIME.

I KNOW THAT WHEN ARNOLD WAS GOV, HE PUT IN A ANTI STALKING CELEBRITY LAW ( FORGETTING ABOUT HOW FUNNY THAT IS.

BUT REALLY HOPING THAT BIELER SPENDS LIKE 10 MILLION DOLLARS, DEFENDING HIMSELF CRIMINALLY AND GOING AFTER THIS PHOTOGRAPHER CIVILILLY, FOR HARASSMENT OR KIDNAPPING OR SOMETHING.

THAT WOULD BE SWEET REVENGE! BIEBER SHOULD MAKE HIS LIFE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

856 days ago
152.

Amber    

I just want to know WTF the Biebs is wearing?!?!?!?!?

856 days ago
153.

Bu    

When will Justin Beiber's 15 minutes be up already...sheesh!

856 days ago
154.

Jdawg    

Wearing those socks Im pretty sure his balls will never drop !

856 days ago
155.

Yu Lee    

there's also reports elsewhere that the Photographer shouted negative comments about Selena - they frequently do this to deliberately provoke an angry reaction - so Beliebers are extremely glad that Justin is gonna put an end to this low life!

856 days ago
156.

Nicole    

They shouldn't be able to block you from your car. Isn't that a form of kidnapping? I hope that Bieber counter-sues!

856 days ago
157.

Yu Lee    

He puts his career in jeopardy just to defend Selena!

Makes me wanna cry!

WHO'S THE WORLD'S BEST BOYFRIEND ?

856 days ago
158.

Sarah     

Jb likes all the money he is getting off the public so he better learn to keep his temper in check. What the public gives they can also take away.Photog's come with the game he wants to play time to put his big boy panties on and get a grip . Can't stand this little jerk.

856 days ago
159.

P_Dub_S    

Wait this guy got beat up by Justin Beiber I find that hard to believe. what a pussie

856 days ago
160.

Observer999    

Paparazzi s*** at it again.

856 days ago
161.

CrisDizzle    

Was he actually gonna throw his nike shoes on the 'razzi' ? lol what a noob!

856 days ago
162.

tlcmk    

They ought to have a law that says celebrities have a right to shoot paparazzi, if they get out of line, without fear of prosecution.

856 days ago
163.

Dietra    

I am soooo tired of this kid. I have no problem with folks making their money, but this little idiot is everywhere. What could he and Mike Tyson possibly have in common. In a few years when all of his TEENY BOPPER fans GROW UP,and he's no longer relevant I guess he'll start racking up the DUI's( amanda bynes),or start stumbling out of clubs drunk( lindsay lohan, britney spears) or ACCIDENTLY release a sex tape (paris hilton,Kim K). I'm no fan of the paparazzi, but if that guy had laid bieber out, I would not have been upset.

856 days ago
164.

Christine    

When will someone finally kick her ass already.

856 days ago
165.

Yu Lee    

SOMETHING STINKS ABOUT THIS WHOLE REPORT ?????
if there’s so many “paps” around then where are the photos of the so called “scuffle” ?
if there was so many “cops, fire trucks & ambulances” called, then why is there not a single photo of them ?

Then the pap goes to hospital, but gets released immediately cuz there's nothing wrong with him!

Why don't POLICE charge the PAP for making a false report ???

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