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Justin Bieber Sued

Photog Alleges Bodyguard Pulled Gun in Camera Heist

6/10/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0606-justin-bieber-angry-gettyA photographer who claims Justin Bieber directed his bodyguards to attack him and steal his memory card is now suing the singer and one of the bodyguards ... alleging the bodyguard threatened him with a gun during the incident.

As TMZ first reported, photog Jeffrey Binion filed a police report June 5, claiming Bieber's bodyguards attacked him while he tried to take pics of the Biebs outside Miami's Hit Factory recording studio.

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Now Binion has filed suit against Bieber and bodyguard Hugo Hesny, claiming Bieber masterminded the attack. Binion says at Bieber's behest, Hesny threw him against a wall, grabbed him by the throat, and "displayed a gun" [holstered under his shirt] while he and the other bodyguards took the memory card from his camera.

Binion (who works as a professional photog and insists he's not a paparazzo) claims he suffered bodily injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish and incurred medical expenses.

Binion's lawyer, Russell S. Adler, tells TMZ, "Justin Bieber is now an adult, and he should act like one. He needs to learn that he cannot use bodyguards as weapons to harm innocent people. Bieber’s violent behavior toward photographers must end, and he should take responsibility for his actions."

He continues, "No amount of fame or fortune justifies Bieber’s shameful and outrageous conduct. To send him that message and deter his misbehavior in the future, we will seek punitive damages against him as allowed by Florida law."

Adler -- who has previously handled cases against Rosie O’Donnell, Paulina Rubio, and Jason Kidd -- claims Hesny is not licensed to work as a bodyguard in the state of Florida, nor does he have a concealed weapons carrying permit there.

Bieber and his bodyguards have recently been involved in four similar incidents -- three last week in Miami and one Saturday night in Hollywood.

A rep for Bieber had no comment.

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burning_plastic    

Isn't he still selling most of his music to kids that have to ask for permission to buy it? Or do kids buy whatever they want? I'm thinking that parents that used to like him and think he was a good example are going to change their opinions, and adults won't listen to him. Adult women don't want someone that throws childish tantrums and always has drama.

450 days ago
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YorkieLuv    

Sounds like another blood sucking paparazzo who was trying to make $$ off of his private life & is most likely making the story more than what it was. He is just looking for a quick payday !

450 days ago
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Zombie Whitney Houston    

Hope the photographer wins big but odds are nothing comes of it. It's amazing what this piece of s*** little kid gets away with. He's a tough little guy because he has his body guards around all the time. Would love to see somebody get their hands on him and beat the piss and s*** out of him.

450 days ago
19.

Padme    

JB reminds me of Malfoy hiding behind Crabbe and Goyle and sending them to do the dirty job because he's a *****.

450 days ago
20.

TT    

The way its going with Bieber and the way cops loves him, I am sure he can kill someone and they will give him a medal

450 days ago
21.

Teach172    

Put the little bastard in jail already!

450 days ago
22.

Alex B    

"Justin Bieber is now an adult, and he should act like one. He needs to learn that he cannot use bodyguards as weapons to harm innocent people. Bieber’s violent behavior toward photographers must end, and he should take responsibility for his actions."

I'm PRETTY sure the Biebs crew told him NOT to take photos before they allegedly "attacked" him. How about the dumbass, disobedient photog don't take any photos next time when told so, to avoid situations like this?

Attention whore photog.

450 days ago
23.

DMLC    

I said something this yesterday-- if they had licences to bodyguard.. Will be really interesting if the guard was carrying without a permit. JB will soon have to answer some questions-- just not sure if anything will come from it.

450 days ago
24.

C-MAN    

To all the people who wish Bieber dead or wish him sent to jail I'd like to ask "Why?"
You all know that if Bieber is sent to jail he won't be tough at all. He'd probably be beaten beyond recognition and I surely doubt if his own mother would love his face after he gets such beating.
So relax, because karma will get him sooner or later.

450 days ago
25.

DMLC    

Just thought of this.. I thought florida had a 3 strike criminal system?? Does that work for any crime??

450 days ago
26.

Phil    

The rot has set in good and proper!

450 days ago
27.

Alec    

Arrest all of the bodyguards Biber and the photographer put them all in jail and forget about em (also Bibers leech friend for good measure)

450 days ago
28.

NightOwl    

I'm glad someone is finally going after him. The charges sound pretty big; I hope this actually makes it to trial. The Biebhole has been getting away with too much lately.

450 days ago
29.

Cally    

Honest to god, if someone - ANYONE - invited this stupid little sh*t to support "Freedom of Speech" or similar events, this little d*ck would actually attend. It appears to have NO concept that it, it's body guards, or anyone else, has NO LEGAL RIGHT to prevent people taking photos in public places. PERIOD. The law in the US, in fact in all western countries is: you can take photos of anyone in public places. End of. So someone needs to tell this trumped up jumped up little sh*t that he has no right to demand people taking photos do ANYTHING he wants. In fact, his advisors need to tell him that either he stop going out EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK or he get a grip and know that people taking photos of him, the pot plants, or anything they effing well like, is OK. If he doesn't want to be photographed in public, his option is NOT to "invent a new law" wherein he enforces some imaginary new requirement to only photograph people who WANT to be photographed in public, his options are to get a f*cking grip and stop being a tosser, or to stop going out in public if he doesn't want to be photographed in public.

His mother hasn't been seen or heard of since she published her "I must be the best mom in the world" book then buggered off to shag her 28 year old publicist.

Someone splat this kid back into the real world, it's not fair on anyone that he's living in fantasyland and despite all the people he's paying, no-one's pointing out the obvious.

450 days ago
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kristee    

He just needs a good old fashioned ass whooping. He placed himself on this pedestal and one day someone is going to come along and knock him 20ft below it. the next person that comes along may end up pulling their gun on him. If you do NOT want the pictures taken, then get out of show business. It comes with the territory of fame.

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