And if the pop star was hoping the situation would go away quietly, he was sorely mistaken, as it has been reported his case will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for possible criminal prosecution.
While detectives are continuing to investigate allegations of battery against the teen popstar, the case is being referred to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, ABC News reported.
According to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has forwarded the case to the DA’s Office for possible prosecution. Sheriff’s detectives have already interviewed the alleged victim and plan to interview witnesses, according to a department release. They have also requested an interview with the singer.
Just days before his scuffle with a photographer Sunday, Bieber learned some boxing moves from former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson himself.
A video of Bieber getting a lesson from Tyson has gone viral on YouTube. Tyson also posted the photo above of him posing with the singer before they started training.
It’s not clear whether Bieber used some of the moves he learned on a photographer who was trying to snap pictures of the singer and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez. But now, the teen pop singer is being investigated for battery.
According to police, Bieber has still not come forward for questioning after the alleged knock-down blow-up that left the singer without a shoe and his girlfriend picking up his hat.
The photographer, who has not been identified, said Bieber struck him in the face as the mega couple exited a shopping center in Calabasas, California, on a Sunday afternoon movie date. Witnesses said that the photographer was blocking Bieber’s car, leading to the star’s reaction.
“They were stopping him from leaving the parking lot and that made him really mad,” witness Summer Janis told the news channel.Bieber and Gomez left before the authorities could arrive. But the photographer complained of pain and insisted on an ambulance. He also filed a police report, alleging battery by the 18-year-old singer, but sources told TMZ.com that he only did so after a lawyer passing by suggested that he could get some money out of it.