Justin Bieber will not face charges from paparazzo run-in

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Teenage pop star Justin

Bieber will not face charges for an alleged altercation with a

man who was taking photos him at a suburban shopping center in

May, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Deputy District Attorney Mara McIlvain said in a report

there was "insufficient evidence for proof beyond a reasonable

doubt" that the Canadian singer scuffled with paparazzo Jose

Hernandez-Duran before leaving the shopping center with his

girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez.

The photographer accused Bieber, 18, of leaving a van to

kick him in the abdomen and punch him in the face. Officials

called to the scene in Calabasas, 30 miles (48 km) west of Los

Angeles, found no apparent injury or trauma to the photographer.

A later doctor's evaluation indicated "minor swelling" to

the photographer's right cheek and "redness" on his lower

abdomen but labeled the injuries "superficial."

McIlvain's report indicated that Bieber became frustrated

when photographers obstructed his vehicle as he attempted to

leave the shopping center. He then left the vehicle, charged at

Hernandez-Duran and fell after taking a swing at his camera.

Witnesses told investigators they could not determine if

Bieber had struck Hernandez-Duran, who kept on taking photos of

the singer after the incident. They said the photographer was

approached by a lawyer soon after the run-in.

McIlvain said there were no photos of a scuffle between

Bieber and Hernandez-Duran, even though many photographers were


Bieber's publicist could not immediately be reached for


The pop star swept the American Music Awards on Sunday,

winning three, including the top prize of the night, and

performed live during the show.

(Reporting By Eric Kelsey, editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and David


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