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Dec282015

San Francisco Officials Vow to Take Action Against Justin Bieber Graffiti

Peter YangSan Francisco wants Justin Bieber off its streets, in a manner of speaking. City officials are upset over spray-painted sidewalk graffiti used to promote the singer’s latest album, Purpose.

In an open letter to the Biebs’ record label and distribution company, City Attorney Dennis Herrera calls the graffiti marketing campaign illegal and threatens to take action.

"This prohibited marketing practice illegally exploits our City's walkable neighborhoods and robust tourism; intentionally creates visual distractions that pose risks to pedestrians on busy rights of way; and irresponsibly tells our youth that likeminded lawlessness and contempt for public property are condoned and encouraged by its beneficiaries -- including Mr. Bieber and the record labels that produce and promote him," Herrera writes to executives from Def Jam and Universal Music Group.

Herrera wants the cooperation of the execs to identity those responsible for the graffiti and adds that he would “aggressively pursue all available penalties and costs from those responsible for lawless marketing tactics that intend to financially benefit Mr. Bieber and your respective companies.”

Apparently, other sidewalk graffiti marketing campaigns are done with chalk. Justin’s ads -- which included his album title and release date -- were reportedly done with stencils and permanent spray paint. According to a press release from the City Attorney's office, San Francisco Public Works has been responding to neighborhood complaints about the graffiti for weeks.

Justin’s record label spokesperson did not immediately return ABC Radio’s request for comment.

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