Justin Bieber will face legal charges for spray painting a wall in Brazil during his recent trip to the country. The singer claims he didn't know it was illegal to do so.
Justin Bieber found himself in more hot water during his recent trip to Brazil. After making headlines for storming off stage when a bottle thrown from the crowd knocked down the microphone he was holding, the singer has now found himself facing legal charges for spray painting a building wall in the country.
The police are charging him for "defacing a building or urban monument by graffiti or other means." In Brazil, defacing a building can be punishable by a fine or up to a year in jail, but local authorities said Biebers' was "a minor offense."
According to RollingStone.com, the 19-year-old singer had permission from the city to paint on a graffiti wall in Rio's Olympic Village, the Morro do Vidigal, but chose to tag a wall on a nearby hotel to avoid his local fans.
"Authorization granted by the city did not extend to other locations," the statement from police revealed, according to PEOPLE magazine.
However, sources close to Bieber told TMZ that the singer is pleading ignorance, insisting he was advised by locals to tag the buildings in question, and presumed it was alright.
This is not the first international controversy the "Girlfriend" singer has been involved in, this year. In April, he caused outrage with his message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan - "a belieber".
Just yesterday, a new Bieber YouTube video went viral on the Internet. The video showed the young star sleeping on a hotel room bed. The camera person was a lady who was speculated to be a prostitute.