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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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121.

Bird    

People act like f_cking children these days. "Oh, he pushed me out of the way because I was blocking his car! I'm telling!" or "Oh, she slapped me across the face because I was acting like a total bitch, I'm filing a lawsuit and pressing charges!!". Whatever happened to the days when people could take a little damage and not go running to the police immediately? If you're not physically injured, and there are no scratches or marks on you, you shouldn't be allowed to waste the courts/police time over it. It's like the elementary school playground all over again. "Justin pushed me!" Well, stop being a tattletale and stay away from him from now on then. There are consequences for being a douche bag, and I think this photog realizes that now.

696 days ago
122.

Bret    

Staged fight. Staged photos. A publicity stunt to make JB now appear as a "big Man". Did you fall for it?

696 days ago
123.

Lin    

"Celebrities" do not have to live in California. The Pap comes with the territory.

696 days ago
124.

anon    

There needs to be open season on paparazzi .

696 days ago
125.

Gurgle    

He took his shoe off to use as a make shift boxing glove; a white trash tip he probably got from his dbag dad. God forbid he break his favorite finger.

696 days ago
126.

PATILEE    

As a tremendous favor to Justin the media, paps, fans, all of them should just ignore him. Every place he goes, no photographers, let him live in peace. See how that goes.

696 days ago
127.

Joey    

Dweebier is such a Puss. What is going to happen when all of the 12 year old girls realize he is a douche?

696 days ago
128.

BettieOoo    

Anyone else notice 1 of Justin's shoes is missing? Lol Biebs is so badass he only needs 1 shoe to kick some ass!

696 days ago
129.

mike    

Just another illegal alien "paparrazo" stalking celebs for a few dollars so the agencies can make big bucks. Build a wall and deport them all.....

696 days ago
130.

Jenna    

Guys, in case you havent noticed its a SOCK he's wearing on his right foot. Not two different shoes..

696 days ago
131.

mudassir khan    

my so swet hait hi me mudassir khn in pakistan and you justain biebar i love jan i mass you

696 days ago
132.

john j    

Why is he floating on one foot, pic is a fix?

696 days ago
133.

john j    

Photog needs to be deported, not a bieber junkie, but nobody has the right to block you in, and start a confrontation for a paycheck. DEPORT, ones less s*** bag in this country.

696 days ago
134.

Kris    

I say deport the papsmere papparazzi, he looks like a brazer. It is california after all. As for the lawyer he can go with him, theres alot of cases in mexico he can try.

696 days ago
135.

jl    

Heeeyyy! Isn't this the same guy Bieber's body guard had a fight with awhile ago? It looks like the same dude minus about 20 pounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0MIFGFAaAs

696 days ago
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