A celebrity photographer sought to enhance the possible damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a lawsuit that accuses the singer and a bodyguard of battery in a confrontation outdoors a recording studio.
The photographer’s lawyer, Mark DiCowden, stated at a Tuesday hearing that he has documented at least eleven equivalent alleged assaults towards photographers above 2 years involving Bieber and his safety personnel. DiCowden mentioned a punitive injury award for Jeffrey Binion could deter potential assaults towards celebrity photographers, identified as “paparazzi.”
“It’s not a economic fishing expedition,” DiCowden explained in asking Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to enable him to pursue unspecified punitive damages. “It is effectively identified all around the world that Justin Bieber does not like to be photographed in public.”
Zabel did not instantly rule. Bieber attorney Jared Lopez stated there is no evidence that Binion was physically harmed in the alleged attack in June — that means compensatory damages for the photographer may be minimum — and no evidence that Bieber himself informed bodyguard Hugo Hesny to go following Binion.
“I do not tell security how to do their task,” Bieber said in a March deposition in the situation, in accordance to Lopez.
Outdoors the courtroom, Bieber attorney Roy Black named the lawsuit “frivolous” and intended mostly to generate publicity. DiCowden denied that.
Hesny is facing a misdemeanor battery charge in the Binion situation, and he was also lately charged in one more photographer confrontation in Atlanta. Bieber is not facing criminal costs in either case. Other incidents involving Bieber bodyguards have occurred in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Argentina and England, according to court papers.
DiCowden also would like Zabel to order Bieber to return to Miami for an additional deposition to solution inquiries about his on-once again, off-yet again girlfriend, singer and actress Selena Gomez. DiCowden claims he was improperly prevented from asking those queries for the duration of the March deposition and that they are critical to the Florida case because she may possibly have been existing throughout preceding photographer attacks.
Zabel is holding a hearing in June on that request.
Separately, Bieber has pleaded not guilty to DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license following a Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Seashore. A Could 5 trial date is set in that situation.
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