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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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46.

Padawan    

I wonder how long this "oh, it wasn't his intention" -defence will work? Next he'll rob some bank and he'll say it wasn't his intention to rob it but he'll take the money anyway.

Seriously, I hope Argentina will make teach little Biebs a lesson.

288 days ago
47.

Kristin Adams Fan 414 YRS!     

THROW HIS BITCH ASS IN PRISON,

288 days ago
48.

laffnbear    

His ignorance saves his knickers once again.

288 days ago
49.

Ann    

Why do these stupid lil girls continue to throw things in stage?!?!? Justin stopped touching/picking up things thrown on stage a long time ago. Argentina should find the nut that threw the tshirt with the flag on it on stage and punish her! She disrespected her own country's flag!!!

288 days ago
50.

laffnbear    

This gnat thinks he is hot sh=t in a champagne glass, when all he is is a cold turd in a Dixie cup.

288 days ago
51.

Mary Harris    

As much as an idiot the Beb is, I think he's innocent on this one. I'm betting it was a t-shirt and he was brushing it off the stage. He manages just fine making himself look like an idiot without people nit picking and turning something innocent into a diplomatic crisis.

288 days ago
52.

Alia    

considering that this Brat has NAFTG on this whole thing why bother... I've come the conclusion that he actually has some sort of brain matter and realizes this tour is his last hurrah, his fans are growing up much like the Baby Bieber is and there is not a thing he can do about either... he is not going to transition please he is not Michael Jackson his talent is called AutoTune, he is not a Mark Walhberg that he is going to transition to an actor either... maybe in another 5 years he can get a Vegas gig with Brit Brit...

288 days ago
53.

Ih8Taxes    

You better not come back to Argentina or we'll kick your a**. Oh wait, I meant to say USA.

288 days ago
54.

GCHowell    

Why cant anyone get rid of him? Damn, every famous people better than Bieber gets killed. I'm waiting. Haha

288 days ago
55.

blah    

Hey Justin, can I do that with your Canadian Flag you little ****

288 days ago
56.

Jules Destaing    

WHEN is someone going to give this A$$HAT a good thrashing ?

288 days ago
57.

Spooner    

If Justin committed murder, his reps would say "It's just a misunderstanding." When will this little bastard own up to his actions and when will people start holding him responsible?!

288 days ago
58.

Observer    

If you do NOT like this snotty nosed lil Sh*t, then you'll like this news....
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Justin Bieber Releases 5 New Singles in 5 Weeks: No Airplay, No Sales
11-14-13

http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/11/14/justin-bieber-releases-5-new-singles-in-5-weeks-no-airplay-no-sales

288 days ago
59.

CLINT    

This little twerp needs to have some bad luck thrown his way. Zero respect for anyone, any place or any thing. Once his teen fans grow up and realize what crap he puts out, he will disappear for lack of concert and record sales. Unfortunately he will re-emerge in twenty years to try and make some money. Just like his hero Vanilla Ice is doing now.That's when we can finally flush the toilet on this little turd. Too bad it's going to take that long.

288 days ago
60.

Holly     

I get people don't like Bieber, but seriously? Stop nit picking every little thing he does. It's clear he was just "sweeping" them off the stage. Probably so he would trip on them. People really bitch and whine about anything, huh?

288 days ago
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