According to Digital Spy, The ‘Boyfriend’ singer reportedly became lost his control after being swarmed by paparazzi after he left a movie theatre with girlfriend Selena Gomez at the weekend.
The teen singer reacted in anger, some kind of physical confrontation took place and a photographer was taken to the hospital after complaining of upper torso pain.
However, a witness of the incident told reporters his own point of what happened: The photographer was blocking Bieber’s car; the singer asked him to move; and a scuffle did ensue when the “journalist” refused to do so.
Still, by the time the police and an ambulance arrived to treat the hurt paparazzo, The Biebs and Gomez had already split.
A source said: “Los Angeles County paramedics arrived at the Calabasas Commons with the Fire Department and Police arriving moments later following Justin’s altercation with a paparazzo.”
“Justin’s bodyguard [also] arrived while the photographer received medical attention for an apparent strike to the face,” he added.
After being released from a local hospital, the photographer, whose name wasn’t revealed, later filed a report in which he named Bieber as the suspect in what the police are treating as a misdemeanor battery.
However, the story is not finished yet. As some reports say, police have decided to refer the case to prosecutors and the star could face up to six months in jail.
Former New York prosecutor Raoul Fedler said that the only way for singer to avoid arrest is to prove that the incident never happened.
“Anytime the police say you need to come in for questioning they usually arrest you when you come in and then you get bailed out,” he revealed.
“They want to hear your side of the story. But very frequently, they arrest you right on the spot.” Currently the teen idol is in Norway for a scheduled performance and will most likely turn himself into authorities on his return.
“He’ll show up with his lawyer when he’s back and they might arrest him,” Raoul explained. “But it’s a misdemeanour, it’s not a felony. He is working with his legal team, publicist, personal manager and writing a lot of checks out right now.”
The former prosecutor also added that the best move for the teen could be to plead guilty even though his team claim the assault didn’t happen.
“He’ll most likely go before the judge and plead guilty because he doesn’t want a jury trial like a Lindsay Lohan situation,” he added. “He’ll apologize and say he’s sorry and didn’t mean to hurt anyone. The judge will probably give him 30 days community service.”
Selena stepped out the day after the incident and showed her support for Justin with her ‘J’ themed jewellery. She joined other celebrities at Hollywood producer Joel Silver’s annual Memorial Day barbecue, reports Entertainment Wise.
Bieber’s girlfriend took to Facebook: “THANKS YOU SO MUCH to my fans for always protecting me and being there for me. I can’t thank you guys enough. I’m sorry I had to rush out. Love you guys. (sic).”
As for Bieber, he briefly touched on the altercation in a Twitter message this morning (May 28), saying that he was “gonna focus on the important stuff. the music.”