November 15, 2013 8:33
Justin Bieber apologises for disrespecting Argentinian flag onstage
Singer had sparked outrage in South American country for kicking flag offstage
As Rolling Stone reports, the singer had been performing in the South American country onstage earlier this week (November 10) when fans threw two of their national flags onto the stage, which landed by Bieber's feet. He kicked away at the flags and then used his microphone stand to try and sweep them away – you can watch footage of the incident by clicking at the bottom of the page.
Disgracing the Argentinian flag, as Sky News notes, can be punished with a prison sentence of up to four years but Bieber has now taken to Twitter to apologise for his actions. In a series of Tweets which you can read below, he said he had been "shocked" by the reaction to the incident and said he would "never do anything to disrespect Argentina", adding: "I would never do anything to disrespect my fans. I dont like having to defend myself but this time it was needed as I mean no disrespect."
heard about what is going on with me down in Argentina and im shocked. I love Argentina and have had some of the best shows of my tour there— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
people throw stuff on my stage all show and i get it to the stage hands to get off so no one got hurt. that video i saw a bra and thought...— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
...it was a shirt. Im being told by my team it was a shirt but even if it was a flag I would never do anything to disrespect Argentina...— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
...or the people of Argentina or the fans. Im so sorry for anyone who took my actions the wrong way and I hope you can forgive this mistake— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
so once again to the people of Argentina. Im sorry if that was taken the wrong way and im sorry for my mistake. I hope u can accept this..— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
..and I loved my time there performing for you and look forward to coming back. I gave my all and I know the fans did there too. te amo— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
I would never do anything to disrespect my fans. I dont like having to defend myself but this time it was needed as I mean no disrespect— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 14, 2013
Bieber's South American tour has hit the headlines for numerous reasons over the past several weeks. Last week, he walked off stage in Brazil after someone threw a plastic bottle at him.
Meanwhile, Police unsuccessfully tried to question the singer over an unverified photograph purportedly showing him spraying graffiti on the former Hotel Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, a crime a that carries a year's prison sentence.
He had also reportedly previously upset authorities in Bogota, Columbia when he graffitied a wall along one of the capital city's main avenues while being escorted by officers in a police car.
It was also claimed that Bieber had been spotted by photographers leaving a Brazilian brothel with his head covered by a bed sheet to protect his modesty.
The singer had reportedly been in the brothel for over three hours, before he headed back to his hotel with two girls. He and his security team were later kicked out of their hotel for breaking rules, according to local sources.
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