Justin Bieber suspected of battery during ‘physical altercation’ with a pap

Justin Bieber

Is Justin Bieber finally cracking to the pressure of being a global superstar? I say “finally” as if he’s been around for decades, but he has thus far (in the past few years of his ubiquity) maintained a relatively squeaky image in spite of admitting to drinking a beer once in his life and being good friends with Chris Brown. Speaking of which, Justin may have one-upped Chris Brown’s little adventure of stealing an amateur pap’s phone when the Biebs literally “went bonkers” (according to Fame/Flynet) on a paparazzo while he was out on a date with Selena Gomez. Nobody knows for sure what happened, but TMZ reports that there was in fact a “physical altercation,” and it looks like Biebs lost a hat and shoe in the process. No word on whether his pants finally fell all the way off his body, but the police, fire department, and an ambulance all showed up for the party when the photog failed to lift himself from was the ground. Here are the details from TMZ:

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is a suspect in a criminal battery … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Justin was in Calabasas, where he lives, just after noon Sunday at a mall called The Commons. A paparazzo attempted to take Justin’s picture and, according to law enforcement, some sort of physical altercation erupted between Justin and the camera guy.

The photog called 911, and when cops arrived Justin and GF Selena Gomez had already split.

The photog complained of pain to his upper torso, an ambulance was summoned and he was taken to a local hospital where he was examined and released a short time later.

The photog filed a police report naming Justin as the culprit. Cops are investigating the incident as a misdemeanor battery.

Law enforcement tells us detectives want to speak with Justin, Selena and any other witnesses.

We placed a call to Justin’s rep … so far, no comment.

We’re told several witnesses at the scene say after the altercation, a lawyer walked up to the photog and said he could get a lot of money out of the incident and advised the dude to call for an ambulance and file a police report.

Witnesses also say the photog had been blocking Justin’s car as the singer was trying to leave. Justin got out of the car and asked the guy to move away but he wouldn’t, and a scuffle ensued.

[From TMZ]

Who knew that Bieber had it in him to actually get angry and lose his cool in public? Perhaps this is a sign that he’s been hanging around Chris Brown for far too long, but I hope that the reports are wrong and Biebs didn’t really physically hurt someone. But since the seed is planted and whether or not Biebs actually threw a punch, this photog is going to come looking for some money. I guess we’ll see what happens, but I’d expect a pay off to occur whether or not Biebs did anything wrong.

What a mess. If it’s any consolation to the Biebs, Bar Refaeli has been inexplicably going on about how she’ll marry Bieber some day. Selena, watch out.

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. marie says:

    Not only is the photog in the wrong, but he got his butt kicked by Bieber-that is sad..

  2. flan says:

    Beating people is bad, blabla, but I don’t find I’m minding it when a celeb beats a paparazzo.

    They go very far just to drive someone absolutely crazy. And then they start whining about being beaten? Sorry, in any other case I would find it bad, but not when it comes to them.

    • gg says:

      I hear ya. I would not put up with that either – most of them seem to be grifters anyway.

  3. lucy2 says:

    Seriously, how lame is this guy to admit to being beat up by Justin Bieber!?
    And why did someone call the fire dept?

    • Tapioca says:

      I know!

      You can just imagine this going in front of a judge:

      “Your honour, I put it to the court that on the day of the 27th my client was, without provocation, brutally beaten by Justin Bieber”.

      “Brutally beaten? Justin Bieber? Case dismissed!”

      • Amelia says:

        Full on snorted into my tea.
        I think the only thing you could charge Eager-Beaver-Bieber with is disturbing the peace with his ‘music’.

  4. keri says:

    He has funny socks.

    • flourpot says:

      I own those sox. Got’em at the dollar store. :P

      I’m not surprised pubertyBieber finally flipped out. FFS, look who he hangs with. There’s not one good role model amongst all his celebrity friends. They are all entitled and egotistic and living in their own little solid gold bubble.

      Pathetic, the lot.

  5. kay says:

    given a chicken drumstick and a bag of shake’n bake, justin bieber is still not capable of battering…that pap is looking for easy cash. what a whiner.

  6. samira677 says:

    It’s really over the top to claim Justin spends too much time with Chris Brown and is now an angryball. Have they even been seen together since recording? Anyway all of the reports say that the pap was blocking Justin’s car so that he couldn’t leave. Stunts like that is crossing the line and unnecessary. Also at most Justin pushed the pap but how lame to run around claiming Justin Beiber beat you up. I know it’s just for money but somebody really needs to give up their man card.

  7. cupidtyrox says:

    Seems like someone’s finally growing a pair

    • sharylmj says:

      that’s what I thought too, He’s finally had enough and lost his cool. Everyone has a limit…

    • Zelda says:

      In all likelihood, his pair just descended. So this is right on time.

    • DreamyK says:

      I actually thought the whole thing was staged: to up Beibers “street cred” and start to move him away from the screaming 11yr olds and more into the 21+ crowd where the money is.

      Words I never thought would be in the same sentence: Beiber, street cred o_0

  8. grayze says:

    This probably isn’t that big of a deal, all things things considered, especially since the paps tend to blow stuff up, but…I cringe for Selena just a little anyway. Maybe because I’ve been *that girl*, trying to get my hotheaded ex-bf to calm down in front of way too many curious people.

  9. fluffybunny says:

    Is this some sort of lame attempt to make him look like a big boy? All I can think of is “Red Ross”…

    • ZZZ says:

      Ding Ding ~ We have a winner! I would bet $$$ that this was all a set up. Just like the baby case….

    • strah says:

      That was my first thought too. He’s trying to butch up his image. This is a bad way to go about showing how manly he is.

  10. Snowflake says:

    honestly, i would prob end up going off on a photog if i was a celeb. they’re prob always in his face and yell out stupid stuff to get pics. but then they’re screwed if they do in a fight w photog cause then the photog sues. photog sees $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  11. Snowflake says:

    ps how can you date a guy that wears skinny jeans? i couldn’t do it

  12. Courtney says:

    That pap got what he deserved they’re no better than a hornet sworm on the scent of blood

  13. DanaG says:

    Is that his mean face? The photog probably fell down laughing. I think Justin wants some more adult attention so what better way then beating up a pap. Let’s face it they aren’t the hardest target’s to hit. Justin and Selena could try not calling the paps with their every move. I know I would love a week of no Justin and Selena.

  14. Marjalane says:

    Sorry, no sympathy for this obnoxious little thug-wannabe. Everything I’ve seen of him makes me think he’s embraced the idea that he’s an entitled punk that wants to be seen as a BIG MAN. Selena is a cute girl, she needs to ditch the little hothead. (If you’re a celeb in LA, and you go to a mall- you’re going to get papped. That’s just how it is)

    • littlestar says:

      I agree with you that he’s a little self-entitled punk. When people say how he seems like such a nice kid, he gives money to charity etc., I say yeah, but look at his eyes. What he says never reaches his eyes. He may talk about being a good person or boyfriend, helping others out, but if you look at his eyes, you know he doesn’t mean it. It’s just lip service for him. He says it because he knows it sounds good and people will like him for it.

  15. Nanea says:

    Can’t stand Biebs, but if the report is right, I don’t get why a person thinks it’s cool to block other people’s cars so they can’t leave.

    These paps do so many stupid things to get their pics aside from blocking cars – opening passenger doors, tugging at their prey‘s clothes, yelling obscenities just to get a reaction, and, worst of all, intimidating the celebs’ kids.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    If there are photos of everything because there were paps (plural – more than 1), then why are there no photos of the actual “battering”?? If the pap got shoved for being an a**hole with JB and Gomez, then what’s the big deal? From what I understand (as a non-celeb), paps try to get the celebs to react (badly), so that they get a good shot and more money for it. All JB and Gomez wanted to do was go see a movie at the mall.

  17. Mia 4S says:

    The paps are no prize that is for sure. Trying to get a reaction crosses the line when you hide behind the shield of being “journalists”. However…all these oh so candid shots of celebs on dates and at the beach (hi Beiber!) or at the park with their kids? Staged and paid for. It’s a parasitic relationship, but it’s mutual. There are no innocent parties here.

  18. Skins says:

    Biebs is a gangster now. Look who he hangs out with. Next thing you know he will be making is rain in strip clubs

  19. Sol says:

    He looks druged.

  20. Julie says:

    if he was “beaten up” by justin bieber i would be embaressed.

    guy probably wanted to cash in.

    if justin got mad its makes him more symapathetic to me.

  21. Jordan says:

    I know we don’t know exactly what happened, but I’ve seen it before…why do some people get angry and pull off their shoe? I don’t get it??? I mean, maybe if they wanted to use it as a weapon, but most of the time they pull off a shoe and throw it on the ground. It looks silly.

  22. janie says:

    No good pictures of the pants?! They’re the funniest part of this situation!!


    • Nina says:

      Those pants are the real reason why the cops were called. FASHION CRIME. I mean, I don’t know which is worse: that they are parachute pants made out of sweats or that the print inside the pockets is MONEY.

  23. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Obviously ‘roid rage … I can’t even type that with a straight face.

  24. Dee Cee says:

    Loosening of a shoe and/or throwing it at your enemy is considered a great insult to some nationalities..?

  25. KJ says:

    Biebs has actually been spending a lot of time with Floyd Mayweather. He was also “training” with Mike Tyson shortly before this incident.

    First of all, this photog was riled up by some ambulance chasing personal injury lawyer who happened to be on the scene, so let’s not act like he got his ass kicked. There was probably a wimpy shoving match and the photog is trying to get some settlement cash by spurring an investigation.

    Second, Justin Bieber is a TINY human being. Drew Magary recently spoke to GQ about sparring him, and Drew said he couldn’t go through with it because Bieber is so scrawny. He easily looks way younger than 18. I’m a 24 y/o woman and I would beat the shit out of that kid easily.

    Third, this kid should NOT be hanging out with Floyd Mayweather. I find it extremely disturbing that a kid with such a young and impressionable female fan base would hang out with/be mentored by a man who will be serving a short jail sentence for beating his girlfriend. Chris Brown was bad enough, but there’s something so much more awful about a PROFESSIONAL boxer hitting anyone outside the ring, especially a woman. I’m not one to say all pop stars should be role models, but hanging out with wife/girlfriend beaters is absolutely gross.

    I hope his fame fizzles out soon. This kid is turning into a grade A douche bag just in time for his balls to drop.

  26. Cristina says:

    I reales Sony think bieber would hurt someone.

  27. ellie66 says:

    damn he looks just like Hilary Swank in that movie…Boys Dont Cry. I do like his mean face reminds me of my 8 year old niece. LOL!

  28. FreeSpiritedGirl says:


  29. littlestar says:

    Is it just me, or doesn’t it look like Selena Gomez has bulimia face? She has those puffy cheeks and jaw. I realize she’s a 20 year old, but the rest of her body is very thin, leading me to believe she might have some sort of eating disorder/issue.

    • Lisa says:

      I was talking with my friend about this this morning! No bulimia speculations, just how freaky it is that she’s got such a baby face. Then my mom came in and asked if we were talking about “that Disney prostitute,” hahaha. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was bulimic. It seems like a rite of passage for Disney stars.

  30. Sarah says:

    LOL He darkens and defines his eyebrows. He’s like a rage filled Elizabeth Taylor!

  31. DemoCat827 says:

    Oh, BEJAYSUS, do I hate this kid. No sympathy here for the little twerp.

  32. judyjudy says:

    What’s up with the shoe?

  33. UniqJaz says:

    In general Beiber seems like a brat to me.

  34. Jess says:

    Looks like Selena has a cold sore on her bottom lip…Beaver probably didn’t want the paps taking pics of that and spreading the whole “she has mouth herpes” business.

  35. littlestar says:

    Also, why is he wearing harem pants?! In what world did he think that would actually look good?

  36. the original bellaluna says:

    Awww, did widdle Justin slap a pap?

    Seriously dude, how bad could it have been? (This story fails to mention that an attorney on the sidewalk told the pap to claim some sort of injury & handed him his card – DListed, yesterday.)

    A true lady matches her hat, purse, belt, and shoes. I guess her belt and purse are under car?

  37. some bitch says:

    Good lord this kid is such a grade A douchebag. My ex lived in the same town where Justin grew up and apparently he was always a brat.

  38. lisa says:


    I don’t get the “he beat the pap”. I mean have any of you ever seen a story of a celeb saying they were hit by a pap. NOT many of any. The thing is the pap knows that if he had hit Justin he would be doing some serious time. So no he didn’t hit back. I don’t doubt for one minute the man could have beaten the crap out of Justin. But that would not bring in the payday.

    I know he lost his temper, but he is going to have to learn to basically suck it up. I see celebs that are way more sought after then Justin who have not been seen losing it, or screaming and yelling. They ignore don’t give the reaction shot that they are after. After this incident other paps are going to be yanking his chain to get an emotional reaction. He has now entered new territory.

  39. TXCinderella says:

    The paps bait their targeted celeb. I would probably lose it too if someone was following me around all the time invading my personal space and calling my significant other names. I’m not saying that is what happened here, but I seen this scenario happen to other celebs. Paps can be evil!

  40. skuddles says:

    You just know that the wee Biebs got back in his car and cried after the incident.

    On the flip side… this is why God invented crowbars. Paps are right the freak out of control when it comes to many celebs these days – if it were me I’d be Sean Penning a lot of pap asses…yeah, you’d pay, but those assholes would think twice before pulling a stunt like this.

  41. Lisa says:

    Haha. Paps deserve what they get, I don’t care who it’s from.

  42. A Fan says:

    Who’s right, who’s wrong? I don’t know. All I know is that a child/teenager should never be so glorified by society…and have such power and money. He just got hair on his balls a few years ago. It speaks for all that is f**ked up in this world.

  43. Ruffian9 says:

    He looks like a 9 year old having a tantrum. I’m sorry, but I cannot take this kid seriously. His ‘angry face’ and hammer pants are making me laugh.

    • skuddles says:

      Oh lord I hear you… another site has more pics and yeah, he’s looks like he’s about to hurl himself on the ground and throw a huge tantrum. So hard to take him seriously like you said… with his pretty purple tennies and his totally color coordinated sockies…

  44. Mooshi says:

    Bieber is too tiny and frail to hurt anyone physically.

  45. Me says:

    You cant blame the kid for wanting to deck a pap. You really can’t. It not like he was at a club and picked a fight… its not like he’s hopped up on drugs and threatening strangers… its not like he’s beating Selena. I dont think I have heard more than 20 seconds of one of his songs and all I know about him is via celeb blogs… but the kid isnt doing anything wrong.

  46. logan says:

    This is why your mother always told you to tie your shoes. They might just fly off during a street brawl. This should give him all the street cred he needs with his rapper bros. ha ha ha Poor little fella.

  47. grabbyhands says:

    So he hit the guy so hard his shoe fell off?

  48. Elena says:

    The Biebs appears as an angry chick in these photos and what’s up with Selena’s lip? Did the smoochin’ go on for too long?