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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.

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16.

Jake    

Excellent!
Now if utopia is to be achieved all paparazzi would be neutered, then banned from owning, using, or handling cameras or automobiles.......forever!

782 days ago
17.

Jim    

This guy is one of the most photographed people on the planet. What would have been the big deal if he just sat there in his car and ignored the photographers? "OMG! Paparazzi! Must drive like a maniac so no one ever sees me!" I don't recall a provision in the motor vehicle code that allows a person to break the law to escape being photographed.

782 days ago
18.

karlew    

Give him the death penalty, just for fun.

782 days ago
19.

mcardon2    

Not excusing the photog, but doesn't Justin have liability in this? If he was not driving 80-100 mph to get away, the photographer would not have been either.

782 days ago
20.

DaveT    

That's the difference between an older experienced jack ass who doesn't care about people or laws...and a young dude who's still learning about life.
Raef is 30, he knows better than to behave the way he does, but does it anyway, even when it's dangerous to others.
Justin is 18, still fresh, and shows a willingness to learn and to accept advice from authority when he's reprimanded.

782 days ago
21.

john    

Damn!! Why doesn't a guy named Raef (or Habib) ever try to pull me over and take a swing. He would be known as toothless Raef after I got done with my ground and pound.......

782 days ago
22.

ike4nsync    

Bieber endangered his life (which I don't care about) and everyone else on the road. All because he didn't want his picture taken. Paparazzi are a problem. I get that. Bieber is 18 and has no business driving that fast. Why are the authorities not throwing the book at him? Shame on LA!

782 days ago
23.

LDB    

Justina isn't even talented enough to chase down

782 days ago
24.

Oh A 💛💋    

Man I'm tired of seeing Justin bieber everywhere ! damn like really !

782 days ago
25.

BB in CA    

Justin got a speeding ticket! LA City Councilman Dennis Zine called authorities after seeing Justin's Fisker being chased by 5 or 6 cars. Zine reported paparazzi engaged in wild maneuvers to keep up with Justin, including driving on the shoulder and cutting off other vehicles. Raef took off when he saw the cops but Justin gave a good enuf description to find the ahole. The paparazzi follow Justin, Robert Pattinson, etc. all day. They get sick of it as anyone would.

782 days ago
26.

nyc44th    

Of course TMZ can ACT indignant, but they have most likely bought photos from this guy in that past and will do so again in the future. As they will from other parasites who do the same thing as this jerk. It's ridiculous what these photographers do with entertainers . . and of course the only reason they do it is places like TMZ pay hefty prices for the photos.

782 days ago
27.

CriticXtreme    

This is good publicity to keep the beaver fresh! No one wants to take property of "that" security society to jail. Believe me when I tell you it's definitely career suicide.

782 days ago
28.

Sharon    

My gosh, give it a rest. Bieber is old news and he is stupid. If you get a car like that, the paps are gonna find you. Thats just dumb.
And they are going to kill someonel. Isnt that what happened to princess
Di?

781 days ago
29.

karalstewart    

Hey guys justin is going to rock u can enjoy his exciting performance go on this link Ticketfront.com to get his concert ticket

781 days ago
30.

Leigh    

They should take away his license and make it illegal for him to own a car forever. dudes gonna kill someone.... all for a dumb picture!

781 days ago
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