Justin Bieber Investigated for Striking Paparazzo with Ferrari Outside Comedy Club

The pop star was leaving the Laugh Factory in Hollywood when he side-swiped one of the photographers surrounding his Ferrari, according to Los Angeles police

By Robert Henry and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013  |  Updated 9:49 AM PDT
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A preliminary investigation clears Justin Bieber of any wrongdoing after a paparazzo was side-swiped by the pop star's white Ferrari Monday night outside a Hollywood comedy club, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Bieber was in his white Ferrari 458 Italia when he was pulling away from the Laugh Factory surrounded by a crowd of photographers in the 8000 block of Sunset Boulevard. Video shows Bieber leaving the scene after side-swiping the photographer in the street, but a preliminary investigation indicates the entertainer did not do anything wrong, according to police.

After the wail of the Ferrari's 550-plus horsepower V8 trails off into the distance, the video posted by PopCandies TV shows other paparazzi carrying the photographer to the sidewalk before an ambulance arrives. Details regarding the photographer's injuries were not immediately available.

A police spokesperson told E! News the case was being investigated as a traffic collision, not a hit and run.

"LAPD can confirm we are investigating a traffic collision that occurred around 11:45 p.m.," the spokesperson told E! News. "Officers did interview all parties involved and determined there was no hit-and-run. It appears the pedestrian in the roadway was a major factor in the collision."

Bieber, 19, and the Ferrari have been the subjects of previous complaints. He is under investigation for reckless driving after neighbors complained last month he was driving at high speeds through a Calabasas residential area.

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