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OTRC: Justin Bieber allegedly strikes photographer in face

Pop singer Justin Bieber (right) is accused of striking a photographer in the face outside a shopping center in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AKM-GSI)

Sheriff's investigators are looking into the claims of a photographer who said Justin Bieber struck him in the face Sunday in Calabasas, Calif.

The alleged incident happened in the afternoon outside the Commons at Calabasas shopping center. Investigators said they received a call from the photographer saying that he was taking pictures of Bieber when the pop singer physically battered him. Bieber, 18, was also in the company of actress Selena Gomez, investigators said.

The photographer said Bieber left the scene with Gomez before deputies arrived.

The photographer, who was not immediately identified, complained of pain and requested medical attention. Sheriff's officials said he was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released.

Officials said the photographer requested that a criminal report be taken on the allegation of battery.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Malibu-Lost Hills Station detectives are investigating the incident.

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