Bieber "under the weather", lunges at UK photographer

Fri Mar 8, 2013 1:18pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was filmed lunging and shouting abuse at a photographer on Friday during an ill-fated stay in London which has gone from bad to worse after he collapsed on stage the day before.

The altercation, caught on camera and featured on popular celebrity news websites including TMZ, showed the 19-year-old get out of a van, try to move towards the unnamed member of the paparazzi and threaten him using several swear words.

He was reacting to the man's foul-mouthed criticism of him and his security team after the singer appeared to have made contact with the photographer as they moved towards the vehicle.

The bouncers held Bieber back, but the incident is likely to create yet more negative headlines for one of the world's biggest pop stars.

Bieber said he would go ahead with a scheduled Friday concert, the final of four gigs at London's O2 Arena, which had been in doubt after he collapsed on stage on Thursday after suffering from shortness of breath.

After a 20-minute break during which he was given oxygen by doctors, he completed his set but was later taken to hospital as a precaution.

"Justin has been released from the hospital after a check-up and while he's feeling a little under the weather, he's planning on going ahead with tonight's show," his spokesman said.

"ROUGH WEEK"   Continued...

Singer Justin Bieber performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Gardens in New York, December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri