Is Justin Bieber headed to jail? The singer has been on a graffiti tagging rampage during the South American leg of his Believe world tour, but officials in Brazil could arrest Bieber for vandalism. He was photographed yesterday tagging a building in Rio de Janeiro with graffiti, and police have since launched an investigation over the illegal activity. If convicted, vandalism in the form of defacing buildings is punishable by up to one year in jail.
Police in Brazil reportedly went to a mansion Bieber was renting in order to question him about the graffiti vandalism, but he was gone by the time they arrived. Officials also inquired about reports from photographers who claimed they were attacked by members of Bieber’s entourage when they tried to take photos of the tagging, which included “Beliebers 4 life.”
Sources close to the singer told TMZ that he was advised by locals to tag the buildings and assumed it was okay. But even if he is charged with a crime, it’s highly unlikely he will face jail time. However, the Daily Mail reported that “he could be arrested if he ever comes back to Brazil!” Bieber is now in Paraguay for a concert there tonight.
Even before the graffiti scandal, the Brazil portion of his world tour hadn’t gone according to plan for Bieber. He stormed off the stage last Sunday after being hit with a water bottle, causing him to drop his mic. A journalist for a Brazilian website told the paper: "The scene was so shocking that even his dancers couldn't believe what they had seen. The fans didn't know what was going on and stayed in their seats half an hour, hoping that he would come back to finish the show.”
The singer posted photos on Instagram last week tagging buildings with graffiti and wrote: “I found a new hobby.” One photo shows him spray painting a building, while another shows a picture of a hand (presumably his own) covered in spray paint. However, his graffiti skills need some work. His tagging artwork include a Kermit the Frog character with “Thug life” written on it and a tribute to his deceased hamster with the words “RIP PAC.”
Even Bieber’s most devoted followers on Twitter were not impressed with his attempts at art. “Just stop. Please just f*cking stop painting … seriously. S*it’s wack,” one user tweeted. Another follower called his graffiti tagging “the worst s*it I’ve ever seen,” while one female fan simply wrote “Ew.”