Uh-oh, Justin Bieber could be facing some legal troubles. The 18-year-old is a suspect in a criminal battery investigation after he got in an altercation with a photographer at a California mall on Sunday. At the time of the incident Bieber was apparently hanging out with his longtime girlfriend, Selena Gomez (as a side note, how cute is it that they go to the mall like regular teenagers!). So was he being a protective boyfriend or just plain temperamental?

Reportedly, the unnamed photographer was attempting to take a shot the couple when a physical exchange took place. Witnesses said the camera man was blocking Bieber's car and wouldn't move even after the singer got out of his car and asked him to move. The paparazzo called the police after the incident and after complaining of pain (how convenient!), was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance. He was released shortly after. Meanwhile, Bieber and Gomez left before authorities even arrived.

The photographer filed a police report and now officials are investigating whether the scuffle would qualify as a misdemeanor battery case.

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Um, it sounds to me like someone's just trying to get his hands on some easy money. From the witness accounts, it doesn't even seem like Bieber did anything except get understandably annoyed. In fact, some reports even said that several witnesses told police that after the fight, a lawyer approached the photographer and said he could get "a lot of money" out of the incident if he called an ambulance and filed a police report. Wow, what a stand-up citizen!

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Seriously, when will these paparazzi get that it's actually really dangerous for all parties when they refuse to let up and throw themselves in front of cars? The Biebs was probably just trying to protect his sweetie, Selenita. Can anyone really fault him for that? I mean that's what I would want my boyfriend to do!  

I hope that the police's investigation leads them to realize that Bieber was only trying to stand up for his and his girlfriend's safety and isn't deserving of any charges. If anything, his actions prove that although he might be a big celebrity, he is also a good boyfriend….one deserving of an awesome Latina like Gomez!

Who do you think is at fault--Bieber or the photographer? Tell us in the comments below!

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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