An arrest warrant has been issued for Justin Bieber in Argentina after the singer failed to respond to summons related to allegations he ordered his bodyguards to attack a photographer.
Judge Alberto Julio Banos, who issued the warrant, ordered the “immediate detention” of Bieber and bodyguards Hugo Alcides Hesny and Terrence Reche Smalls.
The accusations relate to a 2013 incident outside a Buenos Aires nightclub where Bieber is accused of sending the two bodyguards to attack photographer Diego Pesoa.
Under Argentine law, he would face a jail sentence between one month to six years if convicted on a charge of causing injuries – but the troubled singer never returned to Argentina to face police questions.
It is not clear whether the warrant extends outside Argentina but Mr Pesoa’s lawyer spoke to a local television station and implied that the warrant would force Bieber to return to the South American country.
Matias Morla said: “Now we just need to wait for the police to find him and bring him” to Argentina.
“For us, this is a triumph against all those who said this case was a bluff and that we didn’t have anything.”
Bieber has so far not responded to the warrant being issued.