Justin Bieber Charged in Brazil Graffiti Incident

Pop star is accused of tagging the wall of abandoned hotel

Justin Bieber performs in Shanghai, China.
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November 7, 2013 9:55 AM ET

Justin Bieber has been charged by police in Rio de Janeiro for spraying graffiti after a photo appeared in local media outlets showing the pop star tagging a wall, the BBC reports. In Brazil, defacing a building can be punishable by a fine or up to a year in jail, but local authorities said Biebers' was "a minor offense."

Indeed, the local authorities actually gave Bieber permission to spray paint on a sports facility, but according to members of his entourage, the singer apparently instead chose to tag a wall on the nearby, abandoned Hotel Nacional to avoid his fans. For police, however, authorization from the city did not mean Bieber could pick and choose where he painted.

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Bieber was officially charged by Brazil's civil police force with "defacing a building or urban monument by graffiti or other means."

Bieber has apparently already left the country as well, flying out to Paraguay, where he has a concert scheduled. The graffiti incident closes out a somewhat tumultuous stay in Brazil for Bieber – the 19-year old was accused of cussing at photographers, seen leaving a night club with a dubious reputation and was even kicked out of one of Rio's best hotels – though such events have become somewhat par for the course. The authorities have discovered pot his tour bus more than once this year, he's being sued by a photographer he allegedly assaulted, he reportedly threatened a neighbor who complained about noise during a party. While he was in Europe this past spring, he angered fans by showing up late to a concert and got into a screaming match with paparazzi.

For all of the ridiculousness that follows Bieber – expressing his conviction that Anne Frank would have been "a Belieber," or leaving a pet monkey in Germany – the pop star did poke fun at himself and his behavior during a recent episode of Between Two Ferns, during which he received a hearty spanking from Zach Galifianakis.

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