Justin Bieber under investigation for alleged paparazzo scuffle

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber (Credit: Getty Images)

Baby, baby, baby - ouch!

Justin Bieber is being investigated for allegedly punching a paparazzo in California after the photog tried to take a picture of teen hearthrob and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, according to published reports.

Witnesses said the photographer, who was not named, was blocking Bieber and Gomez from getting in their car as they were trying to leave a shopping center, reports said.

Bieber, 18, got out of the car and told the man to move, but he refused and a scuffle ensued, according to TMZ.com. The gossip site reported that a lawyer nearby told the paparazzo to call 911 and file a suit because he "could get a lot of money."

The photographer complained of pain in his torso and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, reports said. Bieber and Gomez reportedly left the scene before officials arrived.

Police are investigating the incident as misdemeanor battery. Bieber's rep didn't respond to requests for comment.

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