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Justin Bieber Chaser

Prior Restraining Order

Involved Heidi Klum

7/29/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The paparazzo who chased Justin Bieber on an L.A. freeway was hit with a restraining order in 2010 for allegedly driving like an angry moron and then punching a guy in the face ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... photog Paul Raef is facing 4 criminal charges from the July 6 chase ... after cops say he was dangerously weaving through traffic at breakneck speed.

Now, we've learned ... it ain't the first time Raef has been accused of wreaking havoc on the road -- in fact, he was hit with a restraining order in 2010 after allegedly getting into a violent confrontation with another pap while trying to get a shot of Heidi Klum.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ, Raef blamed the other pap for blowing their shot to photograph Klum ... so he chased after him through traffic and blocked his car.

When Raef approached the other car, the pap claims he rolled down his window to talk... but Raef simply punched him in the face instead ... cutting his mouth open.

The other pap went to court and obtained a temporary restraining order against Raef ... but never followed up ... and the case was dismissed before Raef could tell his side of the story to a judge.

Still, the restraining order could be damning evidence if prosecutors seek to introduce it in the Bieber chase case. Prosecutors could argue Raef has a pattern of engaging in reckless behavior on the road.

Raef is due back in court on August 9. Calls to Raef have not been returned.

49 COMMENTS

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tenley    

Why don't you report on Bieber like this? All the effin reckless sh*t he does being railed off in every. Single. Article. about him.

754 days ago
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LDB    

Wow, is it that serious that you had to chase somebody down and punch them? Very pathetic...

754 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Celebs have an infinite supply of those Get Out Of Jail Free cards you find in Monopoly. Only they are printed in Los Angeles.

754 days ago
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1    

It appears to me, that apologies are called for by all parties involved. It's the most sensible thing to do, instead of dragging everyone to court.

754 days ago
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Spiffy    

How about TMZ giving us a list of tabloids and websites that have purchased photos from this lowlife.

754 days ago
6.

Truth    

YO... IT'S BLAME THE BLACK MAN TIME. ACTUALLY, I BLAME JUST ONE BLACK DUDE ---> USHER!! YALL KNOW HE DISCOVERED THE UNTALENTED FEMME BRAT, RIGHT?! #TRUTH!!

754 days ago
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TMP    

Sometimes I don't really feel bad for celebs.. being in the limelight and getting millions of dollars to do practically nothing more than makes up for their lack of privacy in MOST cases.. BUT... when they are at home, being spied on with telephoto lenses, being chased down the interstate, being followed by paps with cameras two inches from their faces, being harassed when they have kids with them and are having things said to them simply to get a negative reaction.. then they deserve to be punched. A certain level of privacy is expected and deserved for everyone.. no matter who you are.

754 days ago
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Smart    

and when is Biebers day in court? what are HIS charges?
if he hadn't LED the reckless driving the followers would not have followed. H
JUSTIN BIEBER needs harsher punishment than the paps. He is just a kid and should have his drivers license taken away until he is 21.

754 days ago
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shea    

Justin Beiber deserves just as much in fines as the pap does. This is bull sh!t!

754 days ago
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Chuck    

Why don't they give this crazy turd some jail time..I mean some meaningful jail time. What a life endangering moron.

754 days ago
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TheTruthIs    

(Yawn) Big deal. (no) Just another day on the job. And part of the lesson plan at: DeVry's Advanced School for Paparazzis.

754 days ago
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Tiggy    

Someone needs to run over B's with his own fisker...this child is a joke. He is just gross...any of you teen twits that like this punk, will think back in years to come and wonder WHY were you so stupid to support this child boy. He looks like a girl anyway...maybe you should stop and think about that....a Girl....hello!!!

754 days ago
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craig    

Someone should arrest beaver just for driving a douchemobile of such douchness.But all jokes aside a car wrapped in chrome is a hazzard,especially driving around Cali with the sun beaming off it into other drivers eyes,or just people with rubbernecks that want to look at the douchmobile while driving on the highway texting TMZ

754 days ago
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South Beach    

That idiot clearly needs to be dealt with in a big way. Good on CA on the new Paps law.

754 days ago
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Jake    

craig wrote: " Someone should arrest beaver just for driving a douchemobile of such douchness".
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Now tell the truth craig....you would like to have a "car" like that too, wouldn't you!!!!!!!

754 days ago
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