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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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31.

audiofish    

is he here legally? someone should check his immigrant status.

793 days ago
32.

oleman    

Bieber is so GAY, seriously.......

793 days ago
33.

Crusader    

Chances are this is much ado about nothing. I can't wait to hear about the real injuries to the photographer. You'd think this was a five-alarm fire or something. Most important, where the heck were The Biebs' fabulous security people I keep hearing about. They should all be fired (unless JB made the choice to travel light) if they failed on the job (presuming he had a security detail with him). If he didn't have security with him, he's a real fool. I bet his mom gave him a lecture after this incident and Scooter better talk some sense into him.

793 days ago
34.

DEDWUNZ    

Like Justin is some kind of threat to anyone. Give me a break.

793 days ago
35.

Rim    

if you give us some videos that would be great :)))

793 days ago
36.

CelebJustice    

Another lowlife looking for a payday.

793 days ago
37.

Daniel    

I really hope they get a grip on these paps.. I'd bet if a few of them were killed.... They would stop this ****!! Nobody deserves a slime ball slug with a camera in there face... PAPS= to CHILD MOLESTERS!!! They take away a little piece of someone they can never get back!!

793 days ago
38.

Scott    

I'm not a big bieber fan but I'm team bieber on this one.

I hope this douche photog gets made fun of constantly

793 days ago
39.

Geeg    

He's lucky that he didn't get shot dead on a self defense claim...

Isn't that the risk that everyone takes when they get involved in a physical altercation these days?

793 days ago
40.

diane    

OMG,what a fake pic,how do these paps continually get away with harrassing people!! Cant the cops see the pic is fake,I don't think that Justin wears 2 different shoes,let alone clown looking ones!

793 days ago
41.

hollyhoodman    

Seriously pho tog, get out of beavers way or you will get the beaver smackdown!

793 days ago
42.

Jordan    

Was the photog 12 year old.

793 days ago
43.

niles    

Things can turn ugly pretty fast, even in Calabasas.

793 days ago
44.

Jordan    

The photog better be careful beiber might take after halle berry and call his buddy barack to take care of the problem.

793 days ago
45.

South Beach    

Blocking his car? Too bad Bieber wasn't hanging out with Sean Penn or Jack Nicholson. They have quite the way with obnoxious paps.

793 days ago
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