Buenos Aires - An Argentine judge ordered the arrest of
pop star Justin Bieber if he sets foot in the country, after the Canadian
singer failed to face questions about an alleged assault at a Buenos Aires
nightclub in 2013, his court secretary said on Friday.
A local photographer, Diego Pesoa, accused Bieber and one
of his bodyguards of lashing out at him when he tried to take a picture of the
star as he left the club in the capital's trendy Palermo Hollywood neighbourhood.
Entertainment website FarandulaShow
posted a copy of the court ruling ordering Bieber be detained on its web page.
Court secretary Soledad Nieto, a co-signatory of the
order paper, confirmed the document was authentic.
"I consider it pertinent to order the immediate
detention of the accused," read Judge Alberto Julio Banos' order, which is
dated April 8.
The court also ordered the detention of one of Bieber's
In November, another local judge magistrate had ordered
Bieber to appear for questioning within two months over the same alleged
incident and requested the assistance of Argentina's Interpol branch to help
locate the 21-year-old.
Bieber has had a string of run-ins with the law in
Bieber's representatives did not immediately reply to a
request for comment.
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