Justin Bieber faces fine over Brazil wall-tagging

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during a concert at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during a concert at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.PHOTO: EPA

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Rio de Janeiro prosecutors are seeking a 20,000-reais (S$8,900) fine for pop star Justin Bieber, currently on tour in Brazil, for unauthorised wall-tagging of a historic hotel in 2013.

Judge Rudi Baldi Loewenkron reopened the case on March 21 at the request of the Rio public prosecutor's office, which wanted the Canadian singer to be informed of his crimes when he returned to Rio on March 29.

The prosecutors proposed that Bieber pay the fine by making a donation of goods or food to the National Cancer Institute.

Bieber's lawyers now have three days to indicate whether he accepts the proposal.

The star, who gave a crowded concert at the Rio Sambodrome on Wednesday and has two more performances set for this weekend in Sao Paulo, has yet to discuss the case on social media.

"Because this is a crime with less potential to re-offend, we are not requesting that his passport be held," prosecutors said.

During his 2013 stay in Rio, Bieber - then 19 - tagged the wall of Nacional Hotel after refusing for security reasons to spray graffiti in an area where he had received permission from the mayor.

During that visit, Bieber was also photographed emerging under a blanket from a notorious Rio brothel and later vainly tried to bring prostitutes into the posh Copacabana Palace.

Furious at being thwarted, the then teen sensation reportedly went on a rampage in his suite, breaking various objects valued at nearly US$6,000 (S$8,400) in total.

Bieber and his entourage were subsequently kicked out of the hotel.