Justin Bieber wanted for questioning in assault investigation
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives would like to interview pop star Justin Bieber, who is under investigation for possible misdemeanor battery after a photographer accused him of assault.
Detectives were investigating claims by the photographer that Bieber struck him after he snapped photographs of the singer and his girlfriend, actress 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.
Sheriff's Lt. Robert Wiard told the Associated Press that Bieber left the scene before deputies arrived. The department would like to interview him to get his side of the story, he said.
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).
-- Garrett Therolf
Photo: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrive at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles in November 2011. Credit: Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images