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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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166.

Yu Lee    

ALL THE MEDIA HAS IS PHOTOS OF JUSTIN SCRATCHING AN ITCHY TOE - the rest of the stories is just a prank !!!

887 days ago
167.

GloriaALLread25    

Hey HARVEY!!

Report that lawyer to the CA State Bar. In person solicitation is in direct conflict with ABA Ethical and Professional Rule 7.3:

(a) A lawyer shall not by in-person, live telephone or real-time electronic contact solicit professional employment from a prospective client when a significant motive for the lawyer's doing so is the lawyer's pecuniary gain, unless the person contacted:

(1) is a lawyer; or

(2) has a family, close personal, or prior professional relationship with the lawyer.

F the PAP'S

887 days ago
168.

I'llChewMyOwnFoodThankU    

Where in the hell is his shoe and what's up with those ugly ass pants!?! He should be arrested.......for crimes against fashion!!

887 days ago
169.

Travis    

I hope Justin's lawyer has the police charge the photog with harassment. If the police don't act, then a civil suit should follow.

887 days ago
170.

Squatting Thunder    

it's impossible to look lika a badass while wearing shiny pants, just sayin.

887 days ago
171.

Ihatethislawyer    

California should have a law to allow celebrities to act in self defense. Papo's should get some jail time for criminal harassement...

887 days ago
172.

Jay    

Whah whah Justin Bieber beat me up! Yeah I would rather take my risk of catching herpes by drinking out of the same cup as a Kardashian than admit Justin Bieber kicked my a$$

887 days ago
173.

go home!    

If Calabasas can outlaw plastic shopping bags & smoking, they should outlaw these damn Paparazzi too. It's bad enough we have people like Beiber, LeAnn Rimes & Kardashians coming in and ruining the peacefulness of our community.

887 days ago
174.

ashley    

wheres his other shoe!? lol! dumbass.

887 days ago
175.

Justinishulk    

where is his shoes?

887 days ago
176.

Dylan    

Is Mr. Bieber missing a shoe?

887 days ago
177.

Buck LeDonj    

I would be too embarrassed to say I was "injured" by Bieber.

887 days ago
178.

jxtr    

Good for Justin that he fought back against this idiot photographer. Next time, he should get his friend Mike Tyson to beat up the photographer. ...that will really teach him a lesson.

887 days ago
179.

kim    

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I agree that the photohog's have gone to far. They leave no privacy for anybody anymore. But Beiber has gotten a little ****y in these last few months, so who knows what to believe. I think its a 50-50 chance on this one.

887 days ago
180.

PatinNJ    

The other site shows Selena's Herpes sore on her lip, so that's why he didn't want them to be photographed.
So why not stay in?
Or move to Idaho, change your name and get a real job? See how much fun that is ***boy.

887 days ago
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