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Justin Bieber

'I Would Never Trash Argentina's Flag!'

11/14/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Justin Bieber
could face prison time if officials in Argentina decide to nail him for treating the country's flag like a dirty rag at a recent concert ... but Bieber's camp tells TMZ it was never his intention to desecrate the national symbol.

During a concert in Buenos Aires on Saturday ... Bieber appeared to use his mic stand to mop the floor with a flag that had been thrown onstage by a fan ... and video of the incident continues to fuel Argentinian anger.

A rep for Justin tells TMZ ... Bieber would never, ever desecrate a flag -- and the whole thing is a giant misunderstanding.  We're told that female fans were throwing bras and t-shirts on stage -- which is pretty typical -- and Justin was merely trying to brush them off the stage so he wouldn't step on them.

As for the flag ... we're told it wasn't a flag at all ... but rather a T-shirt with the Argentine flag printed on it and Justin didn't realize the item sported the national symbol.

We spoke to diplomatic officials at embassies in Buenos Aires and in Washington ... they tell us people are PISSED by what they perceive as Justin's disrespect for Argentina. One lawyer in Cordoba has reportedly filed legal papers denouncing Bieber for "insulting the flag."

Still ... it's highly unlikely Justin will be going to jail for his actions ... there's no indication authorities will charge him -- even though desecrating the flag IS a crime in Argentina punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison.

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16.

LB    

And give it a rest saying these celebs could face jail time.

282 days ago
17.

notalawyer    

prison time would do him good.
this would build his street cred with all Lil rappers...

282 days ago
18.

static    

Why contact Washington? Call Ottawa he's Canadian.

282 days ago
19.

quitewierd    

so, i don't usually comment on this kind of stories, but being argentinian and having to watch what this so called celebrity has done made me have to say something. Information here says he "thought it was a t-shirt and not a flag". IT WAS OUR FLAG no doubt about it, no one could ever believe it was a tshirt. I'm sick of this guy who believes to have a "divine right" of doing whatever he wants without consequences. You should hear the excuses my students make for him!!!!!!. As for his "people" if this kid is rather dumb what is left to say about the "adults" sorrounding him????

282 days ago
20.

joeyjohnson    

WHO TF CARES ABOUT THIS?THIS IS JUST A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO BITCH AND COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES.HE WAS CLEARLY TRYING TO WIPE IT OFF THE STAGE

282 days ago
21.

Elizzzz    

I'm from Argentina and I can tell you for sure he won't do any time. And yeah, people are pissed -even his fans- at the fact that the guy partied every night till 6 AM and then left in the middle of the show for supposed "food poisoning".

Didn't give the money back and didn't even say anything about the people that had paid a fortune for Meet&Greet tickets (did you know he charged 15X times the price of a ticket for a meet&greet that never happened? $ 16.000 local, roughly USD 2.700 Well I didn't know and it's f***ing crazy!)

There's also an accident caught on camera where you can see Bieber getting out of a brothel and his bodyguards attacking and stealing some photogs camera...and then stealing the security footage from the brothel! lol what a douche...

And then also reports of a ton of people claiming he would go into a restaurant and people's phones would be taken away by his security team so they wouldn't take any pictures...

So yeah, he would probably be better off staying away the next time...

282 days ago
22.

Mikey    

Don't forget to thank the rubes for their money. Anyone who goes to a Bieber concert gets what they deserve.

282 days ago
23.

Cherie    

I am no means a Bieber Fan, but this is stupid! He clearly ment no harm, but how about the person who threw it on stage??? Will they get the same? Doubt it!

282 days ago
24.

robocop    

Admittedly, this azz-wipe is a classic young fool -- but he's on stage performing and his moronic fans throw crap on him, at him -- and he can't separate a flag from a t-shirt. I give him a pass on this one.

282 days ago
25.

HngBlkBtm    

Di*k...

282 days ago
26.

ialnaseer77    

Away from all the "trollness", I don't think anyone in their right mind would do that on purpose, He might not be very bright but I don't think he did this on purpose.

282 days ago
27.

Shaken not stirred    

Desecrating ANY countries flag is a show of complete lack of respect. Typical behavior from this self important/entitled little dweeb!

282 days ago
28.

all about the money    

Gee I see a growing trend here. Justina never meant to spray graffiti in Rio, never intended to visit a brothel, never meant to entertain hookers in his suite, never intended to cause damage by his fans to a hotel, and definitely didn't mean to desecrate the Argentinian flag. He certainly is taking South America by storm. Doubt he will be welcome back if he could potentially be facing charges in any number of counties his tour has insulted. Perhaps we will get lucky and he will finally get arrested in Mexico where they have such a good reputation for the fair and ethical treatment of prisoners. /fingers crossed he continues his reign of terror across South America and Central America and one of the two countries finally do what so many Americans and Canadians...and hell probably people world wide wish would happen and throw his tight butt into prison with a bunch of pedofiles and rapists. Will surely teach him to keep his shirt on and pull up his @#%#@# pants!

282 days ago
29.

JenniferLuv    

He is so trashy and the pictures of that Brazilian transvestite he paid are equally nasty! http://www.bonass.es/?p=197 Tati Nieves exposed

282 days ago
30.

Azi    

I think Bieber needs to once and for all come out of the closet and admit his homosexuality.

282 days ago
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