Teen superstar [artist id="3187077"]Justin Bieber[/artist] is reportedly involved in an investigation in his native Canada for an alleged assault at a Richmond, British Columbia laser tag center.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed Sunday (October 17) that an investigation was underway regarding an incident at a “Richmond entertainment facility” just before 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The father of a 12-year-old boy told authorities that his son was assaulted by another young male at the facility. The tween didn’t need medical attention and walked away with “minimal injuries.”
Since the suspect is under 18, police have not released the name of the accused party. However, many reports have stated that 16-year-old Bieber is being pegged as the attacker and the RCMP has stated, “We are aware of speculations concerning the identity of one of the parties allegedly involved.”
A rep for Bieber did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment at press time. Bieber, an avid tweeter, has not yet addressed reports either.
Unnamed sources have told TMZ that the incident went down at Planet Lazer, a laser tag chain that has a location in Richmond. The website, however, paints a different picture of the incident, reporting that Bieber was targeted by an overzealous laser tag participant who lobbed an anti-gay slur at the teen idol. When the 12-year-old stuck his hand out toward Bieber, the pop sensation apparently batted it away and then left the center.
The incident comes during a busy time for the “Baby” crooner. The singer announced Friday that his buzzed-about 3-D flick “Never Say Never” will be released in February. His illustrated memoir, “Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story,” just hit shelves and he is helming a nail polish line . His chart-topping music continues to make an impact and the singer is up for four American Music Award trophies .