Bieber’s pap scuffle referred to LA prosecutors

By | Published on Wednesday 30 May 2012

Justin Bieber

LA County police will refer last weekend’s Bieber/paparazzo run in to prosecutors, TMZ has reported, which could result in the teen star being prosecuted for injuring a photographer during a scuffle in a car park.

As previously reported, according to eye witnesses who spoke to TMZ, the injured photographer initially stood in front of a large van Justin Bieber was driving, though the fracas occurred when the pop star got out the vehicle to ask the snapper to move, and the photo man refused.

Quite what happened next isn’t entirely clear, though once Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez had departed the photographer complained of pains in his torso, and an ambulance was called and police report filed. Though it has been alleged that the formal complaints were only made after a lawyer who witnessed the incident advised the photographer he should report his injuries because “he could make a lot of money out of this”.

Police now want to speak to both Bieber and Gomez about the altercation, though the former is currently in Norway.

Some have noted that, in theory, if Bieber were found guilty of criminal battery he could face up to six months in jail, though it seems unlikely it would get anywhere near that stage, and TMZ admits that it’s common for police to refer high profile cases like this to prosecutors even while still completing their own investigations, so the referral doesn’t necessarily indicate that officers think there is a particularly strong case against the Biebster.