Justin Bieber Indicted In Argentina For Beating Of Photographer

Is it too late now for Justin Bieber to say sorry to Argentina?

TMZ reports that the "What Do You Mean" singer has been indicted in the South American country for allegedly orchestrating a beating of a photographer in 2013 on his way out of a nightclub, then stealing his camera and cash. Bieber is accused of having his security team rough up the pap, then nab his gear.

TMZ reports that in November 2013, Bieber was ordered to come to Argentina, to testify in the case, and skipped it. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued for him in 2015 and remains outstanding—meaning if he sets foot in the country, he can be taken into custody. In April 2015, the judge reportedly said, "I consider it pertinent to order the immediate detention of the accused."

He has denied the allegations since the get-go and accused the judge in the case of just going after him for attention and press. Bieber's attorneys plan to appeal the indictment in hopes of getting the entire case thrown out. TMZ noted that one of Bieber's biggest markets in South America is in Argentina, so business-wise, skipping the country on that leg of his Purpose tour—which is slated to kick off in February 2017—could cost him a mint in revenue.

In May, Bieber tweeted an apology to his fans in the country, writing (via Us Weekly), "Argentinian beliebers I would like nothing more than to bring the #purposetour there but the Argentinian government won't allow it. So sorry. If things were to change I would love to come but at this time I cannot. For everyone else in South America I look forward to seeing you."

Still, Bieber isn't necessarily the one losing here if he skips out on touring in the country. One source close to the 22-year-old singer scoffed to TMZ, "The judge is screwing his own country because Justin could infuse a huge amount of money into the economy." Don't cry for him, Argentina.