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OTRC: Justin Bieber apologizes on Twitter for kicking Argentina flags

Justin Bieber appears in a photo from the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, 2012.

Justin Bieber has once again found himself in hot water with his fans.

While performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- a stop for his worldwide "Believe Tour," Bieber appeared to kick a couple of Argentinean flags that were thrown on stage, then proceeded to drag them further with his microphone stand. A fan-recorded video of the incident can be viewed below.

Bieber caught wind of the heat he was receiving for his actions and took to Twitter in a series of tweets to apologize to his more than 47 million followers for what he deemed a severe misunderstanding.

"Heard about what is going on with me down in Argentina and I'm shocked," Bieber said in his first of several apology tweets. "I love Argentina and have had some of the best shows of my tour there."

"People throw stuff on my stage all show and I get it to the stage hands to get off so no one got hurt," Bieber explained. "That video I saw a bra and thought it was a shirt. I'm being told by my team it was a shirt but even if it was a flag I would never do anything to disrespect Argentina or the people of Argentina or the fans."

"I'm so sorry for anyone who took my actions the wrong way and I hope you can forgive this mistake," Bieber said. "So once again to the people of Argentina. I'm sorry if that was taken the wrong way and I'm sorry for my mistake. I hope you can accept this and I loved my time there performing for you and look forward to coming back. I gave my all and I know the fans did there too. Te amo."

Bieber's behavior in recent months has been the subject of much scrutiny and question. In June, he was cleared in a Hollywood car crash investigation, after leaving the scene of an initially-reported hit-and-run accident, among other oddities. Bieber's longtime mentor, Usher, has come to the singer's defense, saying his protege is simply coming of age.

"I think all of us in some way have humble beginnings that pan out to be incredible and we hope in his transition -- as friends and family who have helped him be who he is -- that he'll continue to just mature," Usher said in an interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in May.

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