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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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31.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

That would be one unjust punishment that I could possibly look away from

290 days ago
32.

darkhorse91    

Whatever! Shut up you little liar!

290 days ago
33.

Ozzie X    

Why oh why do people glorify this p r i c k? Oh yes it is the penis hungry women of the world.

290 days ago
34.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

Hopefully Argentina has the death penalty for this little ****

290 days ago
35.

Shannon    

His whole career has been one misunderstanding after another... Peeingin a flower pot, peeing in a mop bucket, driving recklessely, stealing bicycles.. The bigest misunderstanding is that people under 15 think he is talented. He is a wimp that thinks tattoos will make up for his wussy ways. He will fade away eventually, but it can't be too soon.

290 days ago
36.

Wallybird    

LOL scrawny 'lil Bieber yet AGAIN highlights her utter lack of class and education.

290 days ago
37.

waggy    

I hate the kid. BUT if the part was just on a damn T-shirt who gives a ****?

It wasn't a real flag thrown on stage. so i can understand how he would miss it.

IF it was a real flag thrown up then yeah he deserves whatever punishment he gets.

290 days ago
38.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

Fact: You're walking around and suddenly what is under your feet changes character. You immediately look down. Bullshlt, he "wasn't aware." .
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So now everyone is going to be pissed at Americans ~again~ because of this little piece of Canadian shlt. Send his pathetic ass back to his Mother Country and be done with him. Maybe he'll buddy-up with the Mayor of Toronto and they can O.D. together. Buh bye.

290 days ago
39.

t.r.    

Oh PLEASE Argentina -- throw him in the slammer. He disrespects everyone and everything he comes into contact with. How many more of these things are people going to put up with?

290 days ago
40.

The Zombie    

He won't get in any trouble for that, unless some Argentinian kills him while he's down there. And that would SUCK. It was bad when Cobain died. Can you imaging if Bieber died? At least Kurt had some good music.

290 days ago
41.

Shoozie    

Do it, Argentina!! Nail his ass so maybe he FINALLY will understand that he is just a small piece of sh!t in this world !

290 days ago
42.

desiree    

Luv you Biebs. The intelligent people out there know that 90% of the things that happen are so incredibly distorted. This **** goes along with being a celebrity. No wonder the world is turning to crap - people just keep bitching and acting like animals and not thinking before knowing the friggin facts. I guess that's what people do when they don't have anything better to do with themselves. Shame on everybody who acts this way and especially those that threaten to do bodily harm to someone. Just shows how you were brought up. LOVE YOU BIEBER. hahaha

290 days ago
43.

Truth    

TMZ... GET THE VID WHERE JUSTINE BIEBER IS BITCH SLAPPED IN AN ARGENTINIAN PRISON!! CHECK THE YOUPORN... "TEEN LOSES VIRGINITY IN SOUTH AMERICA" #TRUTH!!

290 days ago
44.

KC    

But it's okay for Lil Wayne to stomp the American flag, right? People in this country are so damn backwards!!!

290 days ago
45.

Pers    

Throw him in jail Argentina, just for the lolz. Little idiot punk needs a scare. Put him in a cell with Bubba the Argentinian love sponge for a few days.

290 days ago
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