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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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61.

OHBOY    

Dear Justin, Please die. Sincerely Everyone.

353 days ago
62.

Carina     

I'm from Brazil, and Bieber is treating the RIO and the fans like crap. He spat on some fans, did they kneel and was filming while doing so. And he did get out of the whore house with a bed sheet over his head. Seriously, this kid gotta stop! He can match with Miley Cyrus perfectly.

353 days ago
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J.E.B.    

Justin,....how old were you before you learned that it was wrong to NOT lift up the toilet seat? Kinda like spray-painting walls in Rio; IT'S STILL WRONG, MORON!

353 days ago
64.

Osh    

Cops? Cops were his ****in security that night LMFAO!

353 days ago
65.

Marcus    

This kid really needs a good whoopin'. What a little brat. The end of his career can't come fast enough.

353 days ago
66.

matthewj255    

He is a prime example of why aborations are needed. Can someone please lock this kid up and throw the book at him. We all known the US won't because of the $$ but please for the love of god lock him up and throw the key away

353 days ago
67.

DavidUK    

BBC says he's been charged

353 days ago
68.

TPF    

This punk is headed in a downward spiral sooner than he knows it, he will be dead.

353 days ago
69.

JustAnotherFatAmerican    

Put this punk bitch in prison and toss the key in the ocean. Little douchebag.

353 days ago
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NotAFan    

Why haven't they arrested others for tagging that wall? Why are they going after him?

Street art is legal in Brazil but you need permission of the owner of the building to do anything to it.

First off who owns that wall?They are the only ones who can charge him for tagging.
If it is a legal wall ..they have no right to charge him.

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353 days ago
71.

Jenny    

Ha ha! He deserved it!

353 days ago
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-gary-    

lol, what a retard. i hope he gets sent to prison, then he is bound to get raped and killed. awesome.

353 days ago
73.

trendsetta    

Ok sooo everybody spray paints on walls and everybody has seen on a building or area before like stfu tmz

353 days ago
74.

Smarterthancelebs    

He's just a little no shirt wearing punk, he needs to get his a&$ kicked

353 days ago
75.

abby    

I knew Bieber was stupid, but not THIS stupid. . .

353 days ago
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