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Justin Bieber

Photog Beatdown

Going to Prosecutors

5/29/2012 9:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Justin Bieber
's brawl with a photog over the weekend isn't going to just disappear ... TMZ has learned the case WILL be referred to the L.A. County D.A. for possible criminal prosecution.

We're told cops have already decided to refer the case to prosecutors, even though the investigation is far from complete.  They have requested to interview the Biebs, but he's in Norway now.  It's pretty typical for police to refer high-profile cases to prosecutors.

TMZ broke the story ... Bieber's a suspect for allegedly committing criminal battery against a photog in Calabasas Sunday afternoon. The photog called 911 after the scuffle, but by the time cops arrived, the singer had split.

The pap was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. He then filed a police report naming Bieber as the culprit.

If Bieber is charged and convicted, he'd face 6 months in jail.  But the photog faces an even worse fate -- having to tell people Justin Bieber kicked his ass.

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31.

JR    

Our baby is growing up so quickly. Prison tats, flat top hair cut, just a little eye liner, what is happening to baby boy?

Roid rage? Bad hair day? He's Canadian for god's sake, he wouldn't do anything wrong.

841 days ago
32.

CrankyMaddog    

Is it typical for someone wanted for questioning by the police to just take off to another country? Lock this kid up, maybe is will learn a lesson, this is not the first time he has had a run-in with the law. He really is trying bad to change his image into something he will never be.

841 days ago
33.

Jordan    

who cares if the photog listened to a lawyer don't you think beiber listened to his lawyer and left the country so he does not have to talk to the police until they create a believable story.

841 days ago
34.

Jordan    

If the photog was really blocking justin from leaving it still does not give justin the right to hit him justin should have called the police and there would be no incident.

841 days ago
35.

JEWremy LIN     

Thats what happens when you have Mayweather as a "mentor" now you end up in jail. Whats next your gonna beat up selena gomez?

841 days ago
36.

fran    

can someone explain to me why the paps are not arrested for stalking, because thats what they do.

841 days ago
37.

LadyN    

LOL at "Photog Beatdown". This is a skinny little kid and these obnoxious paps are enough to drive anyone crazy. This guy is clearly one of TMZ's. Something tells me the "photog beatdown" was more like a shove out of the way and a greasy pap pairing up with a greasy lawyer to get some fast cash. Disgusting. And who would want to WIN a case that involved Justin Beiber beating them up? Not even for money....

841 days ago
38.

Beaners    

He needs to be made to feel humble and stop with the above everyone else crap!

841 days ago
39.

Victor    

Big black guy teaches skinny, little white guy to fight.

Even after the lessons, I'd be happy to let Beibs "beat me up" for a pretty penny.

841 days ago
40.

Jackie    

Ha ha...This story makes my stomach pain...bha bha bha

841 days ago
41.

Sincerity    

Sure, the paparazzi are annoying as "HELL" but as long as they don't "PUT THEIR HANDS ON YOU" or "TRESPASS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY", there's not very much you can do about them. Justin Bieber has done nothing except "GUARANTEE" THIS "LEECH" WILL BE "HANDSOMELY" PAID!!! It would have been "MUCH CHEAPER" to allow him to take his "TACKY AZZ" photo than to physically attack him. YOU "LIVE" AND YOU "LEARN"!!!

841 days ago
42.

jl    

I'm kinda surprised TMZ hasn't picked up on the fact that this appears to be same guy Bieber's bodyguard threw to the ground a little while ago. He blocked them in that time, too, and then apparently, hit the bodyguard with his camera. Why isn't that part of the story?

841 days ago
43.

D-INCARNATION    

Deport him.

841 days ago
44.

oink    

Pay the $$$$$ Beebs, hahahah

841 days ago
45.

Infiniti    

With everything going down the drain these days, I wouldn't be surprised that the lawyer found some random guy and told him to provoke Biebs. How convenient that the lawyer was there...

841 days ago
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