Adam Lambert denies punching photographer

Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:44pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Adam Lambert lost his temper with a photographer on a Miami beach, but on Friday denied wrestling him to the ground.

The former "American Idol" runner-up was accused in a police report filed by the paparazzo of trying to grab his backpack and camera in the tussle on the beach on Thursday, celebrity news websites reported.

But Lambert, 28, said in a Twitter message that no punches were thrown. "Battery? Nope. I attempted to grab a camera, no punches were thrown and no one was on the ground...It was literally harmless. If embarrassment is a crime -- that's all I'm guilty of," the singer said.

Miami officials must now decide whether to press charges against Lambert. The photographer did not report any injuries.

Lambert, a glam rock performer who lost the "American Idol" title in 2009 to rival Kris Allen, attracted further attention when he announced he was gay. He went on to release an album and establish a promising career.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)