Justin Bieber won't be charged for allegedly striking a paparazzo. The charge stems from an incident earlier in the year involving a paparazzo taking photos of Selena Gomez.
Justin Bieber's fortunes have turned following the news that he will not be charged for any crime following an alleged violent encounter with a paparazzo. Biebs will not be charged for a misdemeanor stemming from a May altercation involving a paparazzo, the Associated Press reported.
According to the court reports, in May, Bieber allegedly punched and kicked a paparazzo, who was photographing Bieber and his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez after they left a movie theater, noted AP. The paparazzo alleged that Bieber attacked him and caused injuries to his upper torso, reported TMZ.
Upon further investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the paparazzo did not appear to have any injuries nor was there any proof, be it via eyewitness, photos, or videos, showing some example of the alleged altercation with Bieber. A doctor also examined the victim and found only surface injuries, noted AP.
The police were able to investigate and examine plenty of evidence, thanks to the numerous paparazzi who were photographing Bieber and Gomez. Following eyewitness reports that indicated the paparazzo was still shooting after the alleged incident as well as the examination of other paparazzi photos during that time, police came to the conclusion to not charge Bieber. According to the documents obtained by the AP, "All the photos and video taken during this incident by the many photographers were obtained and reviewed. There are no photos of a physical altercation."
This was not the only incident that involved Bieber and the paparazzi in 2012. In July, Bieber was charged for speeding after trying to flee from a paparazzo, identified as Paul Raef. Although two of Raef's charges, stemming from a 2010 paparazzi law, were dismissed the paparazzo is still facing a reckless driving charge, reported AP.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.