Detectives plan to interview Justin Bieber in assault case

Posted May 29, 2012, at 8:48 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives have interviewed a photographer who alleges he was attacked by pop star Justin Bieber at a shopping mall Sunday, but authorities continue to seek additional witnesses.

In a statement, the Sheriff’s Department said the investigation was continuing and that detectives “are planning to interview Mr. Bieber.”

Law enforcement sources said they want to get Bieber’s side of the story. They are also trying to piece together exactly what happened. The incident in Calabasas, north of Los Angeles, occurred in a public area, so officials said they hoped there were witnesses who saw what happened.

Detectives were investigating claims by the photographer that Bieber struck him after he snapped photographs of the singer and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, at the Commons at Calabasas Shopping Center.

The photographer complained of pain and was taken by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to a hospital, where he was treated and released, officials said. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, stressed that the probe was in its early stages.

A spokesperson for Bieber did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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