Justin Bieber alleged assault incident provoked by homophobic slur: Reports
Source: Vancouver Sun — Rumours are swirling online about an alleged assault involving Justin Bieber, but the singer â€” and police â€” remain tight-lipped.
An incident allegedly occurred between Bieber, 16, and a 12-year-old boy at a laser-tag game in Richmond, B.C., on Friday afternoon.
Alleged witnesses have told TMZ that Bieber was targeted by a 12-year-old boy and his pals. Eventually, the laser-zapping reportedly turned to bullying. A source tells TMZ that Bieber confronted the kid about his shenanigans, saying, “That’s enough,” to which the 12-year-old reportedly responded with a homophobic slur. Neither Us Weekly nor TMZ report that Bieber was spotted fighting with anyone.
“At one point, they bumped into each other by mistake and Justin ended up shoving him to try and get away,” says one of Us Weekly’s witnesses. “There was an exchange of words and pushing.”
The 12-year-old’s father called the RCMP looking to press charges, Us Weekly reports.
RCMP confirmed Sunday they’re investigating an incident that took place Friday at Planet Lazer Entertainment Centre in Richmond.
Because of the ages of the two boys, RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau would not release their identities, but confirmed the younger boy sustained “an injury that did not require medical care.”
TMZ reports that Bieber may in fact have something to say about the incident, though nothing official has come out of his camp yet. The alleged homophobic bent of the supposed bullying has inspired Bieber to take a stand, according TMZ reports.
According to TMZ, Bieber has been “telling friends he had no idea how hurtful these comments could be,” and the pop star will now lend his voice to an anti-bullying campaign because “Justin felt it was important for people to know what happened.”
MTV reports the star is expected to record a public-service announcement for the anti-gay bullying campaign, It Gets Better, within the next week.
Bieber is in Vancouver in advance of his Tuesday-night concert.