Justin Bieber is being investigated over a battery claim made by a neighbor in Calabasas, Calif., but Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore has confirmed that the alleged assault did not involve any “physical touching.”
This information directly contradicts a previous TMZ report yesterday which stated that Whitmore told the website that the neighbor had told authorities the singer made physical contact during the alleged altercation, hence the battery report. The unnamed neighbor also claimed that he was threatened by Bieber.
“There have been allegations made against Mr. Bieber of battery and making threats,” Whitmore told The Associated Press.
He declined to describe the alleged acts of battery or specific threats, saying it was “still being investigated.”
According to AP, sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Prado Del Grandioso area in Calabasas where the 19-year-old lives at 9:08 am Tuesday, following a report of battery and threats allegedly made by the singer against a neighbors.
No one was arrested, though Reuters reports that a police report alleging battery and threats has been filed and is under investigation.
Conflicting statements as to why the alleged altercation started and allegedly “escalated” were later reportedly made by the neighbor and ‘sources’ close to Bieber’s security team.
According to TMZ, ‘sources’ connected to Bieber’s security said the neighbor “went nuclear” over parties that were allegedly thrown at the singer’s home by his friends while the star was away on tour.
A member of Justin’s security reportedly told 3am Online: “The neighbor came onto Justin’s property to complain to him, supposedly about parties while Justin was away and possibly other issues.”
“They exchanged words and Justin went inside. Security spoke with the neighbor. The police were called but there was no physical altercation.”
But, according to TMZ, the unnamed neighbor told them that the battery report was filed because the singer drove a Ferrari “unbelievably recklessly.”
The Independent has questioned the timeline of the incident, noting that online tour schedules indicate that Bieber is still in Europe, having performed at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on Monday evening.
However, the singer was seen walking shirtless through a security point at Wladyslaw Reymont Airport in Lodz on Monday March 27 before boarding a flight, but it is not known where he flew on to.
In contrast to previous social media responses to incidents, Bieber’s possible response to the battery investigation came in the form of a cryptic tweet to Pastor Judah Smith yesterday. It read:
“always #giveback and know your truth. @judahsmith love u man.”
Earlier today the singer posted a message on Twitter saying: “Munich up next. #Believetour.”
This latest alleged Bieber drama comes after a catalog of incidents in March —notably the singer’s “rough week” in London — and has led to much speculation about the teen idol’s well-being and complaints from the singer about tabloid media reporting.
Bieber’s representative Melissa Victor has not yet replied to requests for comment about the battery investigation.
The Believe world tour moves on to the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on March 28.