Oops, he did it again. Yes, Justin Bieber is back in the news for bad behavior. This time video footage shows the pop star popping a fan right in the kisser, leaving him with a split and bloodied lip.
This latest act of violence occurred as Bieber was arriving for a concert in Barcelona. Bieber rolled down the window of the car being driven by a chauffeur. As the car rolls by slowly in the video, an exuberant fan can be seen reaching into the window apparently to try to touch the 22-year-old Canadian performer. Bieber responds with a jab that catches the fan on the lip.
The fan then reveals a bloodied lip to the camera. According to the Daily Mail, the fan is a minor who is contemplating a lawsuit against Bieber. The police have confirmed they are not investigating the incident and that it is up to the victim to file a formal complaint.
A spokesman for the police called the incident a misdemeanor and not a crime:
For a crime of assault to have occurred, the victim would have needed medical attention more than once. The footage shows there’s been no sustained attack […] This is an incident that occurred between two people, and the person who received the punch or push will have to make a formal complaint if he wants to take the matter any further. […] At the moment we’re not aware the male fan has registered a formal complaint.
Bieber has found himself in a number of altercations since a 2014 incident when he got into it with Orlando Bloom at a restaurant, allegedly after Bloom’s dining companion, Leonardo DiCaprio, apparently angered Bieber by shooing him away with a wave of his hand.
Just last June, Bieber snapped at a fan who wanted to take a picture and get an autograph. Bieber has railed against taking pictures with fans, saying he feels like a “zoo animal.”