Bieber faces police investigations and lawsuits over snapper scuffles

By | Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Justin Bieber

Justin ‘The Diva’ Bieber and his security team are facing two battery investigations and a lawsuit in relation to two run-ins with photographers in the last seven days. Which is pretty good going. Hey Justin, can I get a picture of you with your lawyers?

Photographer Jeffrey Binion reported Team Bieber to the police last week after a run in with the pop teen’s security in Miami on 5 Jun. Police have reportedly launched an investigation. Binion was trying to take photos of the singer when, he claims, Bieber ordered one of his minders to attack him and take his camera’s memory card.

According to a subsequent lawsuit, Bieber security man Hugo Hesny pinned the snapper against a wall and grabbed his throat. Binion says the altercation resulted in bodily injury, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.

Binion’s legal rep Russell S Adler told reporters: “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 behaviour toward photographers must end, and he should take responsibility for his actions … To send him that message and deter his misbehaviour in the future, we will seek punitive damages against him as allowed by Florida law”.

The second police investigation relates to an incident back in LA, where a fan claims he was assaulted by one of the singer’s security team after trying to snap the star. Bieber himself isn’t a suspect, and, unlike with the Binion case, there doesn’t seem to be any allegation that the singer requested his minder intervene.

The Diva Bieber’s people are yet to comment.