Justin Bieber faces fine over Brazil wall-tagging

2017-03-31 14:56

Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro prosecutors are seeking a 20 000-reais ($6 400) fine from Justin Bieber, currently on tour in Brazil, for unauthorised wall-tagging of a historic hotel in 2013.

Judge Rudi Baldi Loewenkron reopened the case on 21 March at the request of the Rio public prosecutor's office, who wanted the Canadian singer to be informed of his crimes when he returned to Rio early on Wednesday.

The prosecutors proposed that Bieber pay the fine by making a donation of goods or food to the National Cancer Institute.

Bieber's lawyers now have three days to indicate whether he accepts the proposal.

See a pic of Bieber's graffiti here:

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The star, who gave a crowded concert at the Rio Sambodrome late on Wednesday and has two more performances set for this weekend in Sao Paulo, has yet to discuss the case on social media.

"Because this is a crime with less potential to re-offend, we are not requesting that his passport be held," prosecutors said.

The offense

During his 2013 stay in Rio, Bieber - then 19 - tagged the wall of Nacional Hotel after refusing for security reasons to spray graffiti in an area where he had received permission from the mayor.

During that visit, Bieber was also photographed emerging under a blanket from a notorious Rio brothel and later vainly tried to bring prostitutes into the posh Copacabana Palace.

Furious at being thwarted, he then reportedly went on a rampage in his suite, breaking various objects valued at nearly $6 000 in total.

Bieber and his entourage were subsequently kicked out of the hotel.

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