Pop star Justin Bieber is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for attempted robbery, after allegedly trying to take a woman's cellphone at a recreational facility.
The LAPD said Wednesday that late Monday night, "an incident occurred between an individual and Mr. Bieber near the batting cages located" at an address coinciding with Sherman Oaks Castle Park, a city-owned facility that also includes miniature golf and an arcade. "The case remains under investigation with detectives conducting numerous interviews," the police statement continued.
"He has been accused of attempted robbery," Officer Rosario Herrera separately told the Los Angeles Times, which Wednesday reported that police had yet to question Bieber, 20.
The woman who filed the complaint told police the singer grabbed her phone because he believed she had used it to photograph him. He is not accused of keeping the phone, authorities told the paper.
She told TMZ.com that Bieber and his entourage were in a confrontation with some men and Bieber saw her reaching for the cellphone. She said he demanded it so he could erase any photos of him. When she refused to hand it to him, she said, he pulled it from her purse.
After retrieving it and demonstrating she had taken no photos, she told the singer she and her 13-year-old daughter had wanted to say hello. She said he then screamed, "You're humiliating yourself in front of your daughter. Why don't you just get out of here," making the girl cry.
Bieber's spokesman did not respond to a Newsday request for comment.