Paparazzi Seeking Big Damages in Bieber Assault Lawsuit


A celebrity photographer (aka paparazzi) is seeking to boost the potential damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a lawsuit accusing him and a bodyguard of assault, according to Miami Herald.

The photographer’s attorney, Mark DiCowden, said at a Tuesday hearing (April 1st) that he has documented at least 11 similar alleged assaults against photographers over two years involving Justin and his security personnel.

DiCowden said a punitive damage award for photographer Jeffrey Binion could deter future assaults.

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DiCowden said in asking Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel to allow him to pursue unspecified punitive damages.

It’s not a financial fishing expedition. It is well known around the world that Justin Bieber does not like to be photographed in public.

Judge Zabel did not immediately rule.

Justin attorney Jared Lopez said there is no evidence that Binion was physically harmed in the alleged attack in June — meaning compensatory damages for the paparazzi might be minimal — and no proof that Justin Bieber himself told bodyguard Hugo Hesny to go after Binion.

“I don’t tell security how to do their job,” Justin said in a March deposition in the case, according to Lopez.

Outside the courtroom, Justin attorney Roy Black called the lawsuit “frivolous” and intended mainly to generate publicity. DiCowden denied that.

Hugo Hesny is facing a misdemeanor battery charge in the Binion case, and he was also recently charged in another photographer confrontation in Atlanta. Justin is not facing criminal charges in either case. Other incidents involving Justin bodyguards have occurred in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Argentina and England, according to court papers.

DiCowden also wants Zabel to order Justin Bieber to return to Miami for another deposition to answer questions about his on-again, off-again girlfriend, singer and actress Selena Gomez. DiCowden claims he was improperly prevented from asking those questions during the March deposition and that they are important to the Florida case because she may have been present during previous photographer attacks.

Judge Zabel is holding a hearing in June on that request.

  • Belieber

    But its mostly Justin’s security who assaults the paps -&- its getting justin in trouble. I do agree that there was no proof that the guy was injured in 2012 when Justin supposently “ninja-kicked him”.


    Justin doesnt have anything to do with this?
    He doesnt tell his body guards what to do or say so why are they still talking to him about it.And WHY would Selena have any thing to do with this?!

    • Vicki

      I agree this lawsuit is against the bodyguard, I do not understand US Laws ??

  • Hannah bieber

    Ok justin has nothing to deal with this case unless if he hurt the photographer but as far as I know his bodygaurd did.this case is between his bodyguard and the photographer.justin didn’t do anything And why the hell do they have to bring selena into this. Their relationship between them is none of their business

  • lambor500S

    I hope everything works out OK. Also,I hope that paps (Binion) trying to play the I got hurt card by the celebrity back fire in his face. Also, I hope Selena attorney is very sharp. Wish her the best.
    Much love!

    • Lailani

      Justin isn’t stupid. He’s a good guy.

  • nicki

    Justin does not have nothing to do with it. And Justin don’t want to do another deposition and answer dumb questions about nothing and not about that slut Selena. Just keep Justin out of it. Luv you Justin. ♥

  • ivan

    This is stupid. That Lawyer is trying to squeeze everything he can out of Justin over a dumb pap. All they should get is free meals for 3 months at Taco Bell

    • Lailani

      The Vicious snakes are the most dumbest guys ever.

  • Birk

    This is exactly what these paparazzi do with celebrities, they try to provoke celebrities into losing their temper after hurling abuse at them, then they turn around and sue afterwards.

  • Lizzy Bieber

    Ummm I’m confused justin didn’t attack the photographer so why is getting questions.
    I think this whole thig is stupid. And the only reason that the photographer is doing this is for money and publicity.