Justin Bieber 's attorneys will be required to prove that the teen star was acting in self-defense during a ruckus with a Los Angeles photographer on Sunday (May 27, 2012). As has been widely reported, a member of the paparazzi required medical attention and filed a police report after he was allegedly assaulted by Bieber outside a Calabasas shopping mall.
Photographic evidence appears to confirm that an altercation took place - with Justin losing his sneaker and cap - but one legal expert tells the Los Angeles Times that the singer's attorneys will be looking to prove he acted in self-defense. Dimitry Gorin, a former deputy district attorney and now a criminal defense lawyer, suggests Bieber had fallen into the "paparazzi trap", in which a celebrity gets into an altercation with a photographer who he or she feels has gotten too close. Gordin explained, "These guys will often make it impossible for the celebrity to pass. Bieber could face a charge if he pushed or hit the photographer and it was not in self-defense". Authorities are continuing their investigations into the incident, with some reports suggesting that Justin could face six months in jail should he be found guilty of assault. Los Angeles Police Capt. Mike Parker has called upon anybody who witnessed the ruckus to come forward and provide information.
A spokesperson for Bieber is yet to release a statement concerning the incident, and the singer is currently out of the country for a series of concerts.