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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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16.

brown dynamite    

Nice socks kid....

877 days ago
17.

buzz kill    

Biebler is losing it. I thought S. Gomer dumped his candy azz. If not then losing his cool should do it, always impresses a chick to show her your dark side.

877 days ago
18.

Marie    

OMG. He's such a BAD ASS! Pfft. Please.

877 days ago
19.

boz    

Justin Bieber beat me up! ***.

877 days ago
20.

how lame    

I bet he hit the paparazzi with his shoe.

877 days ago
21.

robbed    

if you are gonna be bugging people stalking them, dont be such a ***** every time you get hit. just looking for a handout like beggars.

877 days ago
22.

Myself    

I have a hard time feeling bad for celebrity "photographers" who stalk and harass people for a living. It is a really creepy profession and they deserve and abuse they get!

877 days ago
23.

MIKE    

CHA! CHING!$$$$$

877 days ago
24.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

To break out of his teen heartthrob persona Bieb plans to turn himself into a Gangsta of some sort like MC Hammer. First step: Beat up Photographer. Second step: Get a mug shot. Third step: Rack up tons of traffic tickets and ignore the fine until the end of the year.

877 days ago
25.

sarah    

well spell check is awesome...Selena Gomez......

877 days ago
26.

Bridget    

Bieber might not want to go with a tough guy act again. What if he runs into someone who would rather hit him then file a lawsuit. Beiber isn't exactly intimidating.

877 days ago
27.

remy    

these s***bags paparazzi block celeb's way so they can't drive to provoke them into hitting them so they can sue for millions. disgraceful no-life losers

877 days ago
28.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

I hate celebrities... however when it comes to this stuff I say if you invade their space anywhere anytime they don't want you around they have a right to kick your azzz if you don't respond to their directive to leave their 'orbit'.

877 days ago
29.

Rim    

Dude... I hate that you spelled Selena wrong .. does it really hard to spell ?

877 days ago
30.

Rob    

What a fake picture.... Not even a shadow by his shoeless foot! Such a lame fake picture.... but TMZ posts it and obviously fake! Crappy reporting TMZ..... As bad as the enquirer

877 days ago
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