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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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46.

BOB    

hes an illegal alian from brazil with no papers working in the usa ,,he gets cash under the table so the IRS cant get paid,,,x17 has hundreds of brazilians working this way,,, for years not paying the IRS ,,,,PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT ,,,THE TRUTH SHOULD BE KNOWN,,,

795 days ago
47.

tellmeaboutit     

HaHaHaHa How embarrassing to have to say little Beibs sent you to the hospital. And a lawyer just happened to walk up?? Gloria Allred, is that you???
But more important, what the hell is litte Beibs wearing??? Are those shorts over jammies??? Two different shoes?? What a trend setter and now a tough guy too? Nah, sounds like a crock to me.

795 days ago
48.

BellaBoo    

Sounds like the "photog" was just being a douche. Probably got LESS than he deserved, too..

795 days ago
49.

MrHarrybawls2010    

If this justin beaver kid even tried to start something with me, I'd get him in a headlock and throw him to the ground. I'd flip his azz like a cheeze omelette. AND DONT THINK I DONT MEAN IT!!!!!!!!

*P.S. Hello to Bobby and Sherry. We will be up at the cabin this weekend. Verna sends her love..
Love,
Troy

795 days ago
50.

Santo    

"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."

Freakin' ambulance chasers. Do you know what lawyers use for birth control? Their personalities.

795 days ago
51.

Jordan    

It is funny with every cell phone equiped with camera and video not one of theese alleged witnesses had there cell phone out trying to get little beiber and selena on video with an alleged altercation with a photog blocking there car.

795 days ago
52.

Carl    

Paparazzi are the biggest bunch of pu**sy's I've ever seen.

795 days ago
53.

DJ    

I wish this POS would go away.... It and I want emphasize IT wants to make me puck... It is the only word for IT!

795 days ago
54.

Becca    

Oh you know Bieber's people paid for this to happen because Bieber wants so badly for the public to think he's some kind of bad boy.

795 days ago
55.

Jerry    

Photog should be arrested for being that close. Photogs should have to stay at least 100yards away from people. Why doesn't the kid sue the photog for invasion of privacy!!!!!????

795 days ago
56.

kt    

Paps should need to ask permission to take anyone's picture. Invasion of privacy in my books...what if they kept snapping pictures of random children? I know that wouldn't be tolerated...should be a law against those lazy ass paps who are too stupid to get a real job.

795 days ago
57.

IceGypsy    

Whatever happens plz don't send him back here to Canada lol

795 days ago
58.

AyeJay    

Nice Bieber, you just exposed yourself with all those rumors that you have lifts in your shoes because you're so short.

795 days ago
59.

john    

If that Pap gets any money for this incident, I'll make sure he spends all of it on his next hospital visit.

795 days ago
60.

meltz911    

The real story is a lezzer gets her period at the right/wrong time, at the same time the press is there. Not the press she pays for when her pretend girlfriend Selina is around. The kind of press this little girl of a boy can't stand because of his mother issues.

795 days ago
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