Justin Bieber’s troubles with the paparazzi has finally landed him into legal trouble, as one of the photographers his bodyguards recently assaulted has slapped him with a lawsuit.
The photographer who filed the lawsuit is the one whose memory card was seized by Bieber when he tried to snap pics of him skateboarding at the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami last week. He had earlier filed a police report where he claimed that two of Bieber’s bodyguards grabbed him and choked him before seizing his memory card.
In the new lawsuit however, the photographer – name Jeffery Binion – claims that one of the bodyguards who choked him – name Hugo Hesny – pulled a gun hidden under his shirt at him while the others proceeded to seize his camera and take out his memory card. He says he is not a paparrazzo…only a professional photographer, and claims he suffered body injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish and incurred medical expenses as a result of the assault.
According to Binion’s lawyer Russell S. Adler:
‘Justin Bieber is now an adult, and he should act like one. He needs to learn that he cannot use bodyguards as weapons to harm innocent people. Bieber’s violent behavior toward photographers must end, and he should take responsibility for his actions.
‘No amount of fame or fortune justifies Bieber’s shameful and outrageous conduct. To send him that message and deter his misbehavior in the future, we will seek punitive damages against him as allowed by Florida law.’
In addition, Adler says that Hesny is not licensed to work as a bodyguard in Florida, nor does he have any permit to carry concealed weapons there.
Justin Bieber has been involved in four altercations with the photographers in the past week alone.