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One Direction star's nervous legal wait

Press Association logoPress Association 29/03/2017 David Mercer

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is waiting to find out whether he faces prosecution over an "altercation" with a photographer at a US airport.

The 25-year-old singer was arrested after the alleged clash at Los Angeles International Airport on March 3, when he was travelling with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder.

Lawyers for Tomlinson said he was "provoked" by the paparazzi, while Calder is thought to have argued with onlookers who began filming the row.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said a decision on whether Tomlinson will be charged remains "under review".

The case is expected to be heard at LA courthouse on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said the matter was still under review by their office.

"If no decision is made by (Wednesday), a new court date will be scheduled."

Tomlinson and Calder had been returning to Los Angeles after a holiday in Las Vegas when he allegedly clashed with the photographer, named in reports as Karl Larsen.

An arrest record showed the singer was held under citizen's arrest and the alleged offence was classed as a misdemeanour.

"The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis at the airport," Tomlinson's lawyer Martin Singer said.

"While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defence."

Bail was set at $US20,000, but a source said Tomlinson did not have to pay it as he was released under his own recognisance, in which a person pledges in writing to appear in all court proceedings.

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