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Justin Bieber 'facing investigation for battery'

Justin Bieber is reportedly under police investigation amid allegations he headbutted a restaurant employee at a pre-Grammy Awards party on Sunday (local time).

The Baby hitmaker was among the guests at Los Angeles eatery Serafina in the early hours of Saturday, when his producer pal Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd was hosting a private bash.

According to TMZ.com, Justin had been having fun "play fighting" with his pal, former That's So Raven actor Kyle Massey, when he spotted a Serafina staffmember recording the exchange on a cell phone.

Justin Bieber, accused of battery, is set to perform one New Zealand show at Mt Smart Stadium in March.

Sources tell the outlet Bieber approached the guy and asked him to stop filming and delete the video footage, but when the man refused, the singer allegedly attacked him.

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Another restaurant worker reported the incident to cops, but Bieber had already left the premises by the time the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers arrived to look into the matter.

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The alleged victim has reportedly declined to press charges, but the misdemeanour battery investigation is still ongoing.

Justin's representatives have yet to comment on the rumoured altercation.

It's the latest legal issue for the 22-year-old, who had managed to stay out of trouble for over a year before Wednesday, when he was named in a police report regarding a fight in Cleveland, Ohio in 2016.

City authorities are investigating accusations the pop star allegedly assaulted a man after a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball play-off game. The incident was caught on camera, and the alleged victim claims he was hospitalised with various injuries, including a concussion. The investigation is still underway.

It's possible a conviction could put a dent in Bieber's NZ travel plans, after rapper Chris Brown was denied a visa to come to New Zealand on the basis of previous convictions for violent crimes. 

Another rapper, Young Thug, also pulled out of Laneway due to legal issues in the US, and Gaz from Geordie Shore was denied entry into New Zealand when his passport was too "battered" to be acceptable. 

Other musicians have been allowed into the country, despite convictions, however. 

- Stuff with Cover Media
 

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