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Singer Justin Bieber threw down with a much larger man outside a Cleveland hotel. 

According to reports, a group of fans wanted pictures with the pop star, but he refused and exchanged words with them. 

Bieber reportedly called the man a "motherf*****" before the very brief fight began.

He then shoved the burly man, who pushed him back, prompting Bieber to uncork a right hand.

The man easily shrugged off Bieber's attack, taking him down to the ground and holding him down. The video is obscured at that point, but it does not appear from Instagram that the man roughed up Bieber too badly

He wrote, "Not a scratch on this pretty boy," but the caption has since been removed. 

The man, Lamont Richmond, told the The Sun that he was walking with his girlfriend before the altercation and only wanted an autograph.

"They asked the little guy can they take a picture with him he said hell no get out his face so I said what the hell wrong with you. Then he threw a punch and you see from the video what I had to do," he said.

Richmond said he could have "killed" Bieber if he had engaged him "full force."

Video of the aftermath shows Bieber being restrained by a man in a Warriors jersey. Police did not respond to the scene and Richmond said he plans to sue over the assault.

Bieber was in Cleveland Wednesday night to attend Game 3 of the NBA Finals. 

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