Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Tussles With Photographer at LAX

Paparazzi and the singer's guard got into an altercation, which ended up with one of them getting booked for a felony

By Bruna Nessif Feb 07, 2012 2:30 AMTags
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Don't you know that messing with the Biebs means messing with the whole posse?!

Justin Bieber was reportedly trying to leave Los Angeles International Airport today when an aggressive photographer refused to get out of the way.

That's when Bieber's bodyguard did what he does best—protecting the Biebs.

Los Angeles Airport Police told E! News in a statement, "Today at approximately 2:15 p.m., Los Angeles Airport Police observed what appeared to be a crowd control incident at Terminal 4 on the upper departures level involving Justin Bieber. An investigation revealed an altercation occurred between an unnamed body guard (victim) and a photographer (paparazzi) at the location."

The photographer was ultimately taken away by police.

"Twenty-one-year-old Alex Portillo, the photographer, a resident of Van Nuys, Calif., was arrested and transported to the Airport Police Station for pre-booking procedures. He was later transported to the LAPD Pacific Division Jail and booked for California Penal Code Section 245—Assault with a Deadly Weapon—a felony."

The Los Angeles Airport Police clarified that Portillo's handheld video camera in the incident is being considered as the weapon. Any additional details of the incident are part of the investigation and cannot be released.

Thank goodness our little Belieber is OK.

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua and Sharareh Drury