Justin Bieber has apologized to fans in Argentina for his "mistake" related to accusations that he mistreated the country's flag during a concert in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The incident -- in which Bieber appeared at one point in the show to be using his microphone stand to mop the floor with an Argentine flag -- caused a media uproar in Argentina.
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In a response to the controversy issued in a series of Twitter posts, the 19-year-old pop star claimed that he thought the item onstage was T-shirt. "I saw a bra and thought it was a shirt," he tweeted. ""But even if it was a flag I would never do anything to disrespect Argentina."
Bieber -- who just wrapped up the South American leg of his global "Believe" tour -- said he was actually trying to get the item off the stage during the show for safety reasons. "People throw stuff on my stage all show, and I got it to the stage hands to get off so no-one got hurt," he wrote.
"I'm being told by my team it was a shirt but even if it was a flag I would never do anything to disrespect Argentina...so once again to the people of Argentina. I'm sorry if that was taken the wrong way and I'm sorry for my mistake. I hope u can accept this," he tweeted.
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