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Justin Bieber assault case still in early stages, sources say

Justin Bieber accepts the Favorite Singer award onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in March.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are still in the early stages of their probe into an altercation involving singer Justin Beiber and a photographer and have no timeline for presenting the case to prosecutors, law enforcement sources said.

The sources said detectives were still trying to locate witnesses and determine exactly what occurred.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Sheriff's Department said that the investigation was continuing and that detectives "are planning to interview Mr. Bieber." Law enforcement sources said the actress Selena Gomez is among the witnesses detectives would like to talk to.

Detectives are investigating allegations by the photographer that the pop star struck him after he snapped photographs of the singer and 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 spokesman for Bieber did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detectives at (818) 878-1808. Anonymous tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).


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Photo: Justin Bieber accepts the Favorite Singer award onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in March. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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