Prosecutors won't charge Justin Bieber with battery after encounter with photographer

Posted By: Associated Press · 11/21/2012 2:30:00 PM

Prosecutors decided not to file any charges against Justin Bieber after investigators found no evidence that the pop star had kicked and punched a photographer after leaving a movie theatre last month, a document obtained Wednesday states.

Prosecutors had been asked by police to consider filing a misdemeanour battery charge against Bieber, but Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators found no visible injuries, video or photographs to confirm the allegations by the photographer.

Bieber, 18, was leaving the theatre in suburban Calabasas with girlfriend Selena Gomez on May 27 when he had the encounter in a parking lot.

A doctor found only superficial injuries, and deputies observed no injuries on the man after the incident, the document states.

Authorities interviewed several witnesses but none reported seeing Bieber kick the man, and they noted that the photographer kept taking photos as the two singers left the location, according to the charge evaluation worksheet prepared by the district attorney's office.

"All the photos and video taken during this incident by the many photographers were obtained and reviewed," the document states. "There are no photos of a physical altercation."

The case was rejected on Oct. 22 and first reported Wednesday by celebrity website TMZ.

Photo: Associated Press

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  1. Rosanne posted on 11/21/2012 02:57 PM
    Why can't the paparazzi just leave him & everybody else alone for a change. Yes it may be their way of making a living but there is a right time to take a picture & a wrong time. It may have been the wrong time on this particular day. From all that I've seen and heard about Justin is that he always, always obliges whether it be journalists, photographers or even his fans however there are times where they just want to be normal just like you and I & that should be respected by all.
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