Pop idol Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after being accused of assaulting a photographer. Currently being investigated, Beiber is facing a possible misdemeanor battery charge, reports KTLA.com.
The “Biebz” allegedly hit the paparazzo after he snapped unauthorized photos of the singer and his girlfriend, former Disney star Selena Gomez in Commons at Calabasas Shopping Center in Calabasas, California.
“Justin got out of the car and asked the guy to move away but he wouldn’t, and a scuffle ensued,” witnesses told TMZ.
Of course, the photo complained of pain and was rushed to the hospital by the L.A. Fire Department, where he was treated and released.
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard, Bieber left the scene of the alleged crime and a spokesperson for the singer had no comment.
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This is not the media darling’s first brush with a “bad-boy” rep. negative media. Mariah Yeater, 20, claimed in a lawsuit that Bieber impregnated her in October 2010 during a 30-second tryst backstage at L.A. Staples Center after a performance. He was 16-years-old at the time. He denied the claims completely and submitted to a DNA test in November of last year, which proved — in Maury Povich fashion — that he is not the father, reports US Weekly.
Then there’s his friendship with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Joined by Lil Wayne and 50 Cent, the “Boyfriend” crooner walked out with Mayweather before his highly anticipated fight with Miguel Cotto, and joined him in the ring after he won, reports TMZ. The heart-throb also trained with legendary boxer Mike Tysonjust a week prior to the scuffle.
Oh, and speaking of “Boyfriend,” there’s his transition into commercialized Hip-Hop. Armed with the alternate rap ego, “Shawty Mane, Bieber has enlisted the expertise of heavyweights Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Wayne, Big Sean, Drake and Two Chainz to solidify his position in the Hip-Hop world — well, the Hip-Hop that’s played on the radio.
So there we have it, folks. Assault charges, eye-candy girlfriend, groupies, boxer and Hip-Hop besties; it looks like Bieber’s transition to “Shawty Mane” is almost complete.