BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Justin Bieber says he hopes Argentines can forgive him.
He may need to tell that to some judges.
The 19-year-old pop sensation faces two criminal complaints and demands for refunds in Argentina, in addition to trouble with police for allegedly spraying graffiti in Brazil and Colombia. One Argentine lawyer is accusing Bieber of sending bodyguards to attack a photographer outside a Buenos Aires nightclub early Saturday.
Another accuses him of defiling the national symbol by dragging two Argentine flags off stage with his feet and a microphone stand in front of 45,000 “beliebers” during the first of two scheduled concerts in River Plate stadium.
Defiling the flag is a crime that carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.
A flurry of nine tweets appeared Thursday on Bieber’s official Twitter account apologizing for his behavior.
A fan video that’s gone viral on social media shows Bieber giving what seems like the dirty-rag treatment to two Argentine flags that audience members threw onto the stage.