A number of news organizations, including TMZ
, report that Bieber was leaving his hotel in London and in the rush to get to his SUV he bumped a photographer. Whether this was intentional can't be known, but the photographer, as yet unnamed, felt it was.
Justin Bieber battles paparazzo in London
He swore at Bieber as the singer climbed into the vehicle, claiming, witnesses say, that he had been assaulted. "Fuck off back to America" was one of the more choice expletives. The recently turned 19-year-old Bieber responded in kind, leaping out of the SUV and looking like he was going to attack the man. He was held back by one of his bodyguards but his tongue wasn't kept in check, and neither was that of the photographers.
"What the fuck you say?" Bieber screamed at the man.
"You heard what I said," the paparazzo said. "You heard what I f**king said, mate."
"I'll fucking beat the fuck out of you," the Biebs yelled as he was pushed back into the vehicle. -The photographer left the scene as the car pulled away from the curb.
Justin Bieber: going off the rails?
Of late there have been a string of incidences of a negative variety in Bieber's world, including his being late
for a concert at the 02 arena in London by nearly 2 hours (though Bieber, who apologized on Twitter, said he was only 40 minutes late). On his 19th birthday while in London, on March 1, his entourage
was refused admittance at a London club for having underage persons with them; he later tweeted "worst birthday" but it's since been deleted. Yesterday he posted on Twitter a long manifesto detailing how poorly he's being treated by the press and how he's a "good person" and is happy to have the support of his family, friends and fans.
Other incidences include a picture of him smoking marijuana
surfacing early in January. He has also had other shouting matches with photographers, though arguably none so vocal as this one. Already today he's has a series of tweets about this latest incident with the photographer, beginning with "Ahhhhh! Rough morning. Trying to feel better for this show tonight but let the paps get the best of me."
After tonight's London show, he moves on to play other countries in Europe beginning with a show in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday.