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Justin Bieber Unscathed: Teen Idol Will Not be Charged in Alleged Laser Tag Assault Case

Musician Justin Bieber poses for a portrait while promoting his new book, "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever", in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Justin Bieber Will Not Face Criminal Charges In Assault Case
Justin Bieber poses for a portrait in Los Angeles while promoting his new book, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

RICHMOND, B.C. (CBS/AP) Canadian authorities have decided not to bring charges against teen singing sensation Justin Bieber over his alleged assault on a 12-year-old boy at a laser tag arcade.

Not enough evidence, they say.

In October, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began investigating accusations that the 12-year-old was assaulted during a laser tag game in a Vancouver suburb, by someone who reports identified as Bieber. 

Canadian police said Tuesday the investigation is complete and no recommendations will be forwarded to Crown counsel because there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case.

Following the allegations, CBS News' "The Early Show" reported that there might have been more to the story than a celebrity lashing out on an innocent bystander - Bieber may have been acting in self-defense, according to RadarOnline reporter Dylan Howard.

Howard claimed that "the 12-year-old boy in question taunted Bieber and provoked him into assaulting him."

The boy suffered minimal injuries from the incident and did not require medical attention, according to Corporal Annie Linteau.

Authorities never specifically said that the 16-year-old Canadian-born Bieber was the focus of their investigation. He was in Vancouver at the time of the incident to perform a concert.

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  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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