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Justin Bieber

I Didn't Know It Was Illegal

To Spraypaint Rio Wall

11/6/2013 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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10:10 A.M. PT --  Bieber has now been charged with illegally tagging the wall of an abandoned hotel in Rio ... according to reports.  It's a misdemeanor crime and Bieber could be fined ... but he's already left the country.

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Ignorance of the law is no excuse, unless you're Justin Bieber -- because that's what he's claiming now that police are trying to contact him in connection with illegal graffiti in Brazil.

Bieber was photographed tagging up a Rio building Tuesday, and local police reportedly launched an investigation ... even going to Bieber's rented mansion to question him, but the singer was gone by the time cops arrived.

FYI, defacing buildings is a crime in Brazil punishable by up to a year in jail ... and thanks to these photos, police now have reason to believe Bieber is guilty.

But sources close to the Biebs tell us, the singer is pleading ignorance, insisting he was advised by locals to tag the buildings in question -- and presumed it was okay.

Not like it matters now, we're told Bieber has since left Rio and probably won't be back for a while.

You'll recall, Bieber's been on a tagging frenzy in South America -- just last week he was spraypainting the phrase "Free Breezy" in Colombia.

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155 COMMENTS

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46.

thomas    

Like Bieber even cares what's legal or not. He ignores the law whenever it suits him. He thinks that since he's famous he is above the law, just like so many other celebs.

321 days ago
47.

I won't grow up    

Ignorance is indeed no excuse, now do what a MAN would do apologize, pay a fine and start acting like an adult not a diaper wearing brat.

321 days ago
48.

darkhorse91    

Man this twerp is stupid.

321 days ago
49.

JuanK    

That little bitch did the same in Bogota, I don´t think she would like anybody to go spray paint her house. that shows a lack of respect to the countries he is visiting and an ego that will kick him in the balls (if any) latter in life.

321 days ago
50.

believer    

queria não acreditar nisto..
ele disse que não gostaria de decepcionar um fã.. mas fazendo esse tipo de coisa,ele esta nos decepcionando
aas: fã do Brasil

321 days ago
51.

DBAtwill    

PLEASE encourage the Brazilian authorities to lock this putz up for the maximum time allowed by law.

321 days ago
52.

tmkeigley    

justinbieber I love you my

321 days ago
53.

anonymous    

does no one on his team of people bother to find out the culture wherever this kid goes? FFS

321 days ago
54.

Ryuk    

Lock him up and throw away the keys

321 days ago
55.

Silvania    

Vá embora do meu país, seu vândalo de merda! Não precisamos de mais vândalos aqui! Son of a bitch!

321 days ago
56.

KARMA K    

aww, if you look at the bottom picture,you can see his diaper sticking out! Dumbass freak!

321 days ago
57.

Joao    

I was waiting to hear that the L.A. County Sheriff Dept. did an investigation into the Brazilian matter after receiving information from an unnamed Secret Service agent who just happened to be in the area at the time of the incident, stated that HE, a UNITED STATES Secret Service agent. will attest that the individual pictured was NOT Justin Beiber
Mr. Secret Service man, maybe if you weren't so busy picking up prostitues and were on top of current events, you would know that the words, "secret" and "United States" is not carrying the clout you think it should in Brasil.

321 days ago
58.

swack    

Ignorance of the local law is no defense.

321 days ago
59.

PT    

Didn't know.... shee-yit.

321 days ago
60.

babs hawkston    

This kid thinks he can do anything! He has got to big for his boots! who does he think he is? I used to like him, but lately he is part of everything he was once against. what a shame! Justin, look at yourself, you are a nobody right now! do what you do best!

321 days ago
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