Justin Bieber was kicked out of the Coachella music festival on Sunday night after he argued with security who denied him entry to the artist’s area where rapper Drake was performing, TMZ reported late Monday. The “Boyfriend” singer was reportedly placed in a chokehold before being thrown out of the event.
The 21-year-old and his entourage were told that the artist’s area was at its full capacity and they could not be allowed inside despite having the proper wristbands. Bieber confronted the security personnel following which authorities grabbed him by the arm and walked him out of the premises, TMZ reported, citing eyewitnesses.
Bieber had reportedly told the security that he had been personally invited by Drake, but his behavior angered the security who came up from behind and allegedly put him in a chokehold.
Some sources also told TMZ that Bieber voluntarily left the event and is considering legal action against the security.
The incident comes just days after a judge in Argentina asked Interpol to issue an international alert for the pop star’s arrest on assault charges. The Canadian singer had failed to appear before the judge in the case. Bieber is accused of ordering his bodyguards to attack a photographer outside a nightclub in Buenos Aires during a November 2013 tour stop in Argentina. The singer, who has had several run-ins with law enforcement over the past year, could reportedly face one month to six years in prison if convicted.
"We are asking Interpol for Justin Bieber's detention, anywhere in the world. Since he could not be found for his appearance to testify, we request that he be detained," a representative for Judge Alberto Banos told Agence France-Presse.