Bieber bodyguards allegedly assault photographer
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- A professional photographer is suing pop star Justin Bieber after, he claims, the Canadian singer ordered his bodyguards to attack him while he was taking pictures of the Grammy-nominated singer at a South Florida recording studio.
Photojournalist Jeffrey Binion said the assault took place last week outside The Hit Factory in North Miami, a facility the Grammy nominee was using to record music. He added that Bieber's bodyguards threatened him with a gun and took out his camera's memory card.
The 911 call Binion placed chronicles his ordeal:
Binion: "Some security guards for Justin Bieber, they just assaulted me, took my camera, I mean, took my camera and were going to smash it. They took my memory card out of the camera."
911 dispatcher: "And they're inside The Hit Factory?"
Binion: "The guy just choked me. He was choking me to take my stuff. They first took the camera and made me delete the pictures. I deleted them, and they took the memory card out of my camera, which is like a $100 card."
In addition to calling police, Binion is suing Bieber. "We are also seeking punitive damages to send a message to him and deter him from this future conduct," said Russell S. Adler, the photographer's attorney. "Just in these few months he's been doing it often and getting away with it. He's not going to get away from it this time."
The incident follows another altercation Bieber had in London this past March when he went off on a London paparazzo who tried to take pictures of the star leaving his hotel.
Haleigh Youtie, the Aventura teen who happened to sit next to Bieber last week during game 7 of NBA's Eastern Conference Finals at the American Airlines Arena, said he does not like having his picture taken. "He, like, wasn't letting anyone take, like, pictures of him," she said. "He was just really uncomfortable."
Binion claims he suffered bodily injury and mental anguish and incurred medical expenses.
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