E! News reports that the 19-year-old singer was charged after a three-day investigation. Local authorities interviewed everyone involved including the paparazzi, police officers, and Justin’s security guards.
He will not be arrested, but will have to pay a fine. It will take at least 30 days for the judge to review all of the evidence and determine the cost of the fine.
Earlier in the week, Rio police received a complaint about Bieber and a group of friends after they were spotted painting graffiti on a wall of the former Hotel Nacional in the Joá area.
Bieber’s camp claimed that he was given permission by Rio’s city hall to spray paint a different wall. However, he felt the area was too dangerous and opted for the other location, which turned out to be illegal.
“Every place I have tagged has been approved,” said Bieber prior to being charged. “I do not suggest tagging private property.. I still suck but i have fun doing it.”
He has been spray painting in various countries throughout South America while on his “Believe” tour. He showed support for his friend Chris Brown by painting “Free Breezy” along with images of his pet hamster and monkey.
“This is my escape,” said Bieber of the graffiti.
His South American tour travels to Argentina next, where he will play shows in Cordoba and Buenos Aires.