Justin Bieber Accused of Roughing Up a Photographer

The teen pop star could face battery charges in the incident.

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Attention Angelenos: be on the lookout for a pixieish young man with great hair and rad dance moves. Do not approach him if you’re carrying a camera.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators would like to speak to tween heartthrob Justin Bieber about an alleged incident in a local shopping mall, in which a celebrity photographer claims to have been “roughed up” by the popular, feathery haired man-child. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office told MTV that while no criminal case had been presented yet, there was “a possibility” that one would be.

According to TMZ, the alleged altercation took place as the photographer tried to snap Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez outside a theater at The Commons at Calabasas.

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The paparazzo complained of “a pain to his chest” after being pushed away by the pint-size pop idol, according to Sheriff Lt. Robert Wiard, who also reports that the photographer called 911, and was then taken to hospital where he was treated and released.

Photos appeared to show a ruffled Bieber retrieving his purple high-top sneaker and baseball cap after the incident, as Gomez tried to calm him down.

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