Justin Bieber Not Smiling Over Laser Tag Drama
The incident reportedly took place Friday just before 5:30 p.m. at a laser arcade in Richmond, British Columbia. A representative for Planet Lazer told Rolling Stone that Bieber was at the facility that night.
The pop star had returned to his home country to perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Tuesday.
TMZ.com reports that the other player was actually the one that started the fight by repeatedly shooting Bieber, noting that this is “a violation of the code of honor of laser tag.”
When Bieber asked him to cut it out, the kid reportedly used a homophobic slur, repeatedly calling him a “faggot.” The 12-year-old put his hand out toward Bieber and the singer then “pushed it away as he left.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is looking into the incident, according to the Vancouver Sun.
“The father of a 12-year-old boy reported to police that his son was assaulted by another boy at a Richmond entertainment facility,” Cpl. Annie Linteau said in a press release Sunday. “The boy sustained minimal injuries and did not require medical attention at the time of the incident.”
“We are aware of speculations concerning the identity of one of the parties allegedly involved. However, we would like to remind the public that we do not release the names of any suspect until charges have been laid. In cases where the accused is under the age of 18, the identity of the accused is not released as per the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.”
Linteau said if the complaint turns out to be false, charges could be pursued against the father who filed the report.
TMZ.com reports that the incident has inspired Bieber to speak out against bullying and homophobia.
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