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Police seek eyewitness in Bieber assault investigation: Selena Gomez


Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives want to interview Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez after a photographer claims he was attacked by Bieber at a Calabasas shopping mall Sunday, but authorities continue to seek additional witnesses.

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

Detectives are investigating claims by the photographer that the pop star struck him after he snapped photographs of the singer and Gomez, an actress, 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.

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 at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the NYU Paulson Auditorium in April. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

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