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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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256.

Natalie    

I know this photog personally. He is my friend's fiance...All I can say is that he is just trying to get money out of this situation..Just saying

874 days ago
257.

sophie    

soooo.... he's wearing only the one shoe because...???

873 days ago
258.

mike    

Who admits to being beaten up by a girl?

873 days ago
259.

Dezi    

I would have ran the dumb-ass over!!Just sayin

873 days ago
260.

Argjenda!!!♥    

Good JObb Justin, de er domme som bare tar bilder okei du er kjendis men vorttahell du må ha titt eent live med selena Gomez

871 days ago
261.

rico    

Seriously you people complain about the paparazzi taking pictures, but when you sign to be in the publics eye, this isnt an invasion of no ones privacy, when you're in public you're fair game.Granted some of them go too far, they need to work and make money too

871 days ago
262.

Flynn    

Bieber needs to go back and face the music in the USA lawsuit or not.

869 days ago
263.

Obl1v1on    

Bieber must be destroyed. DIE BABY MAN CHILD DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

840 days ago
264.

Freddie Rios    

THIS LITTLE PUNK IS GOING TO DIE VERY SOON IF HE KEEPS MESSING AROUND WITH THE MEXICANS.

839 days ago
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Freddie Rios    

THIS LITTLE PUNK IS GOING TO DIE VERY SOON IF HE KEEPS MESSING AROUND WITH THE MEXICANS.

839 days ago
266.

Freddie Rios    

Bieber is the one that need to be kicked in the face at least 20 times. who he thinks he is? the stars are in the sky.

839 days ago
267.

Char    

Uhhhh why isn't he wearing a shoe? And what's up with his pants........???? o_O

805 days ago
268.

sarah    

LEAVE JUSTIN ALONE HE DIDN"T DO ANYTHING HE IS HUMAN GOSH YOU ****ING ASS HOLES

592 days ago
269.

Stokanator    

What is the deal with this a$$ clown he has been trying to beat every up paparazzi that gives him the slightest bit of grief. Its like he resents the fact hi

592 days ago
270.

IndyMike    

He needs a haircut. He looks like a rooster

592 days ago
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