Justin Bieber has been asked to attend a mediation hearing in his case against photographer Jeffrey Binion – who has accused his bodyguard of attacking him in 2012 – but Justin requested it take place by video link because he is working on a new album and it would cost over $68,000 for himself and his entourage to fly to Miami for the meeting, TMZ reports. However, lawyers acting for the paparazzo insist he could get a commercial flight, with a first class ticket from Los Angeles costing around $1,000.
A Miami judge has come down hard on Justin Bieber this week after JB tried to weasel out of flying to South Florida to attend mediation in a lawsuit filed against him.
Judge Eric Hendon had to hear JB’s legal team argue that it would cost Justin too much dough to fly from Los Angeles for a few hours of legal proceedings.
But in the end, Hendon told JB’s attorneys that Justin had better be in town for a mediation session before March 20, or be held in contempt!
Hendon also set a firm trial date of May 11 in the case if mediation doesn’t lead to a settlement.
Justin has filed a bill with the court system that claimed it would cost him $68,433.63 to come to Miami and stay one night before heading back out west!
Among the expenses: $60,000 for a private jet, $3,773.63 in “entourage fees,” $1,000 in ground transportation costs, $3,200 for one night in a hotel, and $210 in per diem.
Even if he flew first class on a commercial jet, Justin’s filing claimed, the trip would set him back $18,000.
Binion’s lawyer — Mark DiCowden tells GossipExtra: “I’m glad the judge saw past Mr. Bieber’s attempt to be treated differently than everybody else. The subject of a lawsuit must attend mediation. That’s the law. Between now and March 20, Mr. Bieber will have the time to find a cheap airline ticket.”
No comment from Roy Black, JB’s Miami lawyer.