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Photog Vs. Bieber: Battery Case Against Pop Star Still Under Investigation

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Allegations levied by a paparazzo against teen star Justin Bieber remain under investigation, say authorities, and it could mean the Biebs facing criminal charges.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department say that detectives from the Malibu-Lost Hills Station are continuing to look into accusations Bieber beat up an unnamed photographer who was trying to snap shots of the singer and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, over the weekend at The Commons in Calabasas.

"Detectives have interviewed the alleged victim, will interview witnesses and are planning to interview Mr. Bieber," says the LASD.

TMZ, however, seems to see things as having progressed a little further: "We're told cops have already decided to refer the case to prosecutors, even though the investigation is far from complete," they reported today.

The hitch: The Biebs is way out of town...he's in Norway.

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Rumor has it that the photographer may have tried to block Bieber's car, and when the 18-year-old star asked the paparazzo to move, a scuffle followed. Others at the scene say a lawyer suggested to the photographer that he file a claim. The photographer asked for medical treatment, and was taken to a nearby hospital, from which he was released.

How far could this go for Bieber, though, if he is found guilty of kicking a photographer's ass? "If Bieber is charged and convicted, he'd face 6 months in jail," notes TMZ. It makes us wonder if any settlement amount that might get tossed the camera guy's way is worth having to go on record as being beaten up by The Biebs. Baby, baby, baby!