Justin Bieber backed into a paparazzo last night as he left a church event

Justin Bieber allegedly hits a paparazzo!

I did not think I would spend this week writing story after story about Justin Bieber of all people. I had been happily ignoring him for months! But then he abruptly quit his tour, reportedly because he wanted to spend more time at church, because that sounds completely and totally believable. As it turns out, Biebz went to a church event on Wednesday, and he ran over a photographer.

Justin Bieber accidentally ran over a photographer as he left a church service in Beverly Hills … and the loud impact was captured on camera. Justin was leaving the Saban Theater, where he’d been worshipping at a City Church event. He climbed into his monster pickup truck as photogs scrambled around the vehicle, and when he gunned it to pull away … hit the man. It’s pretty clear in the video … Justin’s front right side tire hits, or rolls over, the paparazzo.

Justin did not flee the scene and, in fact, stopped as soon as other photogs pointed out what had happened. Bieber stayed right by the man’s side for roughly 8 to 10 minutes until paramedics and police arrived.

Justin spoke to police before he was allowed to leave the scene — police tell TMZ he was not cited — getting a ride from one friend, while another drove his truck. Police say the photog suffered non life-threatening injuries to his lower body. A few hours after he was taken to the hospital … he posted a video describing the accident, and thanking Justin for being “compassionate.”

[From TMZ]

You guys know I’m not a Bieber Apologist in any way, but I’ve seen tons of footage of celebrities trying to get out of parking spaces or simply enter traffic or whatever, and the paparazzi swarm means that they can barely move their car. Photographers often “block” the paths of celebrities’ cars, because that makes for better photos somehow. I’m just saying, even though Justin Bieber is a little pissant, I don’t necessarily believe his intention was to run over some poor dude. I think he was just trying to leave and the photographers were blocking him. I’m actually surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

Justin Bieber allegedly hits a paparazzo!

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  1. Froggy says:

    That photographer just won the lottery.

  2. Mar says:

    Those paps are a-holes. Everyone is entitled to personal space even when cars are involved

  3. Muddybuddy says:

    This might be the one time I feel sorry for Justin Bieber.

    No sympathy for the asshole pop who was (probably) blocking the damn car. I guess the one benefit of paparazzi in this case will be lots of photo and video evidence of whatever happened.

  4. swak says:

    While he didn’t mean to hit the man, he certainly doesn’t need to “when he gunned it to pull away”. Knowing the paps are there or for that matter, there were other in attendance and he could have anyone, he should have taken it easier on the gas pedal. That being said, props to him for sticking around until help arrived.

    • Shirleygail says:

      “gunning” prior to pulling away is the warning the car is about to move. Justin warned everyone he was pulling out when he gunned the engine. Thus, this one’s on the pap 100% I figure.

      • swak says:

        No it is not 100% on the pap. Gunning a motor is not a way to “warn” someone when you are pulling out – that’s what horns are for. How hard did he hit the pap if he knocked him down and then ran over him? Bieber still needs to be aware of where people are (paps or not) and to ease out slowly and in watching the clip, he did not ease out slowly, in fact the truck jumped a bit when he gunned the motor. I’m not saying the pap doesn’t have some fault in this, but Bieber is also at fault.

  5. Hikaru says:

    When you choose to crowd and jump in the way of a moving car you don’t get to cry about it later. I don’t give a single fk about paps that pull this sh.

  6. virginfangirl2 says:

    JB was clearly leaving. Started his engine, slowly trying to pull out onto the street, and pap hanging inches from the passenger side front wheel of a huge truck. I’m no fan of JB, but this was the paps fault.

    • Lauren II says:

      The Paps are deviant, greedy degenerates. Justin was actually trying to comfort the Pap after he accidentally hit him.
      I am defending JB, which i rarely do. JB cannot even leave a church service in peace, because his pics are so valuable.
      Leave JB alone, and let him get his life in order.

  7. Julie says:

    They need to get out of the way when people are driving.

  8. Radley says:

    JB did the right thing by stopping and staying by the pap’s side. Maybe the church stuff is helping.

    Paps do crowd moving vehicles very often. I’ve seen them crowd cars driven by young and therefore inexperienced drivers. Even at night in the rain with flashbulbs blinding the driver. It’s a miracle this doesn’t happen more often.

    Bieber can afford the guy’s doctor bill and a little extra for time off from work. I hate calling what paps do work, but you know…

  9. FLORC says:

    Let’s see how long this compassion lasts. Call me skeptical, but I’ve seen this at least a dozen times from him before.

  10. aenflex says:

    Get out of the way of moving vehicles. It’s pretty simple.

  11. freewhitebaby7.0 says:

    I saw that a couple of the Kartrashians were in attendance, too. (Doesn’t matter which two – they’re all vapid hoes). But what church could the K’s and Beiber possibly be attending – Church of Satan or what? That sounds more like hell on earth to me.

  12. Lauren says:

    I believe he quit the tour for church. I am sorry but I am gonna keep saying it that pastor needs to be investigated. There is something about him that pings my radar. The way he latched onto Justin and Hailey Baldwin is very cult like.

  13. Kate says:

    I kind of can’t believe I’m commenting on a Justin Bieber story, but I do feel badly for him. Also, I kind of think his “born again” thing is for real. Last year he was in Minnesota for a concert, and my friend actually saw him at her church the morning of the concert. He didn’t make a big deal out of it, he just slipped into the church, and left quietly afterwards.

  14. Dissa says:

    Hate the little pissant … but he didn’t ‘gun it’ nor did he back out.