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Justin Bieber a Battery Suspect After Photog Scuffle

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on May 29, 2012 1:02 PM

Justin Bieber a suspect in a battery case? The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that its officers are currently investigating the teen dream. He allegedly hit a photog after the man snapped a few photos of him and actress Selena Gomez at a high-end shopping center.

Bieber and Gomez were gone by the time officers arrived, but the paparazzo complained of pain. He was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and then released.

Witnesses allegedly told TMZ that the photog was blocking the Bieb's car and refused to move when asked. Bieber then got out of the vehicle and an alleged scuffle ensued.

What happened between the time the singer left his car and fists reportedly went flying will be essential to the department's Justin Bieber battery investigation. Blocking his car is likely not enough for Bieber to claim self defense. It was an obnoxious move, but he and Gomez were arguably in no danger.

But if the paparazzo made a move to hit him, or said something that placed Bieber in fear of harm, then it's possible that he acted out of self-defense. That's if he hit the man at all.

You see, witnesses also allegedly told TMZ that a lawyer approached the photographer and told him to call for an ambulance and file a police report. This would make it easier for him to collect money from the teen icon.

If true, prosecutors will likely have a difficult time believing the photographer, as these allegations are cause to question his credibility. Not that a paparazzo accusing Justin Bieber of battery has much credibility to begin with.

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