Justin Bieber charged after tagging wall in Rio
Canadian singer Justin Bieber facing fine after illegally tagging wall in Rio during his world tour
Justin Bieber has been charged with illegally tagging the wall of an abandoned hotel during his stay in the Brazilian city of Rio.
A police spokesman described the case as a misdemeanour which will be forwarded to a small-claims court. The pop star, who left the country on Wednesday, faces a fine.
On Tuesday, protected by his security detail, Bieber tagged "Respect privacy" and "I am off" as well as several drawings on a hotel wall in Rio's tourist southern zone.
A police investigation subsequently established that the 19-year-old pop star had received permission from City Hall to tag a wall at another location, the Olympic Village in the Vidigal shanty-town.
But Bieber's entourage felt he would not be safe there.
"The permission from City Hall did not extend to other locations," a police statement said.
Since his arrival last Friday after a stop in Sao Paulo, Bieber, who gave a concert here Sunday, has grabbed media attention with a series of peccadilloes.
He was photographed allegedly emerging under a blanket from a notorious Rio brothel and was reported later vainly tried to bring prostitutes into the posh Copacabana Palace.
Furious that he was not able to do so, the teen sensation reportedly broke various objects in his suite, worth nearly $6,000 in total went on a rampage in his suite, breaking various objects valued at nearly $6,000 (£3,750) in total.
Bieber and his entourage were subsequently said to have been kicked out of the hotel.
Bieber, who was on the Brazilian leg of his world tour to promote his Believe album, left Rio on Wednesday for Paraguay on the next stage of his tour.
Bieber's representatives did not return a request for comment.