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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Pop star Justin Bieber is in South Florida to handle his legal troubles – again.
Tuesday morning Bieber’s security team swiftly and skillfully whisked him through the service entrance of a attorney’s office in a Brickell high rise so he could attend a mediation hearing on civil suit filed by freelance photographer Jeffrey Binion.
He spent four and a half hours with attorneys in mediation, but ended the meeting without a settlement agreement. More depositions are set to be scheduled in the lawsuit.
Binion filed the suit in 2013 after claimed the “Biebs” ordered one of his bodyguards to rough him up. Binion claims he was assaulted by bodyguard Hugh Hesney while snapping pictures of the star singer outside the Hit Factory recording studio in North Miami Beach.
Binion’s lawsuit claimed 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.
This was not the only time Bieber’s security people have been accused of going after celebrity photographers.
In January 2014, the Biebs made headlines for another run in with the law in South Florida. He was taken into custody in Miami Beach after racing his yellow Lamborghini against another sports car. Bieber was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of careless driving and resisting an officer without violence under a deal that spared him jail time.
In return, Bieber was ordered to take a private 12-hour anger management course, watch videos showing the impact of DUI crashes, pay court costs and make a $50,000 donation to charity.
Bieber made his most recent visit to South Florida about more than meeting with more lawyers. He performed briefly at the Ultra Music Festival last weekend and sang a duet with pop star Ariana Grande during her concert Saturday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.