Photographer Sues Justin Bieber for 'Martial Arts' Assault
A photographer allegedly assaulted by Justin Bieber last year is suing the pop sensation.
A lawsuit brought by Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran alleges that Bieber delivered a “martial arts-type kick” to the photographer’s lower rib cage and punched the right side of his face.
The incident is said to have occurred May 27, 2012, as a group of photographers and fans surrounded Bieber’s Mercedes Sprinter van, which was sitting in a parking space at a Calabasas shopping mall. According to the suit, Bieber was in the vehicle with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez and was attempting to back out of the space, but he was having difficulty doing so because of the vehicle's large size.
Bieber then allegedly opened his car door and yelled “F--- off! Get out of the way.” Moments later, the suit claims, Bieber sprang from his van, ran toward Duran and attacked him.
The suit claims Gomez and a woman standing nearby urged Bieber to stop the assualt. Bieber and Gomez then drove off but returned minutes later to look for Gomez’s cellphone. She allegedly apologized to the photographer for Bieber’s behavior. According to the suit, bodyguard Moshe Benabou later arrived at the scene and told the photographer, “I taught him how to fight!”
The suit accuses Bieber of causing “extreme emotional distress” as well as “physical, emotional and economic injury.” The photographer is seeking unspecified punitive damages.