Hearing Wednesday In Case Of Paparazzo vs. Bieber
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pop singer Justin Bieber will be back in the spotlight on Wednesday for all the wrong reasons.
There is a hearing on a civil suit brought by photographer Jeffery Binion who claims he was roughed up by one of the Bieb’s bodyguards on the singer’s orders.
Binion claims he was assaulted last June while snapping pictures of Bieber outside of The Hit Factory recording studio in North Miami Beach.
Binion’s lawsuit claims Bieber “Directed [Hugo] Hesny and three other bodyguards to confront [Binion] and to forcibly take the memory card from [his] camera.”
Hesny reportedly “Threw [Binion] against a wall, began choking him, and threatened [him] with a gun…”
Binion said he had his camera card taken from him as well.
On Tuesday, a judge set a trial date of May 5th for Bieber who was charged earlier this year in Miami Beach with DUI, resisting arrest and possession of an invalid license.
Miami Beach police arrested Bieber on Jan. 23rd after what they said was an illegal street drag race involving exotic cars. The second driver, Khalil Amir Sharieff, a singer with Def Jam Records, was also arrested.
Police have since released hours of video of Bieber inside the police station and photos of Bieber in custody.
Breath tests showed that Bieber’s blood-alcohol content was below the 0.02 level considered intoxicated for underage drivers, but a urine test found the presence of marijuana and the antidepressant Xanax.
Bieber has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his attorney has said there is no plea deal under discussion.