Justin Bieber Apologizes for Mistreating Argentine Flag

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Justin Bieber is apologizing after Argentines expressed outrage over the way he treated their flag during a concert there.

Videos from Saturday night's concert showed Bieber reacting when fans tossed two Argentine flags onto the stage. He used his shoes and then a microphone stand to sweep them off the stage.

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In a series of tweets, Bieber apologizes for his actions. He explained that he thought the item was a shirt and that he typically removes such things from the stage so that nobody gets hurt.

According to the Associated Press, insulting Argentina's flag is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.

It's the latest misstep on a South American tour that has drawn a slew of headlines. Bieber walked off stage during two separate concerts, blaming food poisoning for Sunday's abbreviated show in Buenos Aires. The star also walked off the stage in Brazil, ending a concert early after someone threw a plastic bottle at him.

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Meanwhile, an unverified photo circulated on the Internet purportedly showing him crashed in bed, and Brazilian police tried unsuccessfully to question him about defacing a public building with graffiti, a crime that carries a one-year prison sentence.

In Argentina, wild girls caused such a ruckus outside the Faena Hotel that Bieber had to leave. He then flew to Cordoba for a Friday night concert and still had enough energy to take his entourage to a Buenos Aires nightclub early Saturday morning.

A paparazzi videotape shows Bieber's bodyguards leaving the Ink club after daybreak Saturday, hustling someone out under a black sheet into one of two vans loaded with young girls. The bodyguards can then be seen chasing down and assaulting the nightclub's house photographer, Diego Pesoa, and damaging his camera.

After police tried to question the bodyguards at the second hotel, the entourage relocated yet again, to a private property inside a gated community north of the capital, reported Telam, Argentina's state news service.

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