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Justin Bieber Assault? Pop Star Probed for Alleged Laser Tag Attack

Justin Bieber (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Justin Bieber just can't stay out of the news lately, and the newest controversy surrounding the pop sensation involves a 12-year-old boy, laser tag and an alleged assault by Bieber in Vancouver, according to reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating allegations a 12-year-old boy was assaulted at a laser tag facility in Richmond by a boy who reports identify as Bieber.

The boy's father filed a complaint after the alleged incident on Friday evening.

But CBS News' "The Early Show" reports that there might be 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 says, "It's alleged that the 12-year-old boy in question taunted Bieber and provoked him into assaulting him."

The boy is said to have cornered Bieber during the game, "shooting" him repeatedly. When the 16-year-old heartthrob told him to stop, the 12-year-old boy may have used a gay slur - and more than once.

Corporal Annie Linteau called the investigation "active" and said investigators are "in the process of interviewing a number of people that saw what might have happened," according to NBC's "The Today Show".

Linteau says the boy suffered minimal injuries and did not require medical attention, but did not identify either boy involved.

Bieber, from Stratford, Ontario, is in Vancouver for a concert on Tuesday.

Calls to the pop star's record company and general manager were not returned.