Justin Bieber Takes Photog’s Camera and Memory Card — Subsequently Gets Sued

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In a surprising, yet not so surprising bit of news, pop teen sensation Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards have been sued by a photographer following a brouhaha that took place outside “The Hit Factory” in Miami last week.

It was about 4AM when Bieber and his protectors allegedly snatched Jeffrey Binion’s camera. A recording of the incident was made available to Gossip site TMZ, in which you can hear Bieber order his guards to “grab that camera!”

Binion can be heard pleading for the Biebs and his guardian angels to not destroy his camera, and the pop star complies. Though, he refuses to give Binion his “SIM card” back (wait, what? SIM card?!).

Binion has filed a lawsuit against Justin Bieber and his bodyguard, Hugo Hesny, claiming he was attacked (and even had a gun pulled on him), and that Bieber had masterminded the assault.

“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,” said Binion’s lawyer, Russell S. Adler.

Unfortunately for Bieber, it’s 2013 – everyone’s listening and watching (insert NSA joke here).

This isn’t the first time Bieber has flipped his lid on photographers. There were several other incidents that allegedly took place in Miami last week relating to photographers, and Bieber’s guards are claimed to have roughed up another photog in Hollywood this weekend, according to TMZ.

It’ll be interesting to see where this case goes, and whether the Biebs gets his wrist slapped for snatching the card.

(via TMZ and NY Daily News)

Image credit: Photograph by Eric Calouro

  • 9inchnail

    Why? Paparazzi are scum.

  • 9inchnail

    In a civilized country, you would have a right to privacy and not get your picture taken for commercial usage. But again, it’s good ol’ ‘murica.

  • 9inchnail

    He was a kid when he got into show business, he didn’t know what he was in for. And just getting out of show business won’t help you either because there will be scumbag paparazzi who take your photo. People still want to know “what are they doing now” long after people left the business. Once you’re in, you can kiss your privacy goodbye for good.

  • 9inchnail

    I hate paparazzi and I do street photography. The difference?

    I don’t sell my photos, it’s a hobby, it’s personal. If people on those photos are caught in unfavorable situations, those photos never see the light of day.

  • 9inchnail

    If your attacked by unarmed people who are trained to subdue you without seriously harming you, you do not have the right to use lethal force with a freaking gun.

  • chphotovideo

    6.5ft 250lb comes at you wanting to take something thats your. You want to just let him rob you? You want to say no you can’t take my things. What and just tell yourself, oh he’s trained, he’s not going to seriously hurt me… maybe just rough me up, scraps, little blood and bruises, but not seriously injure me while taking my camera away from me???

  • Genkakuzai

    Let’s be honest though, he’s just another flavour of the month. Backstreet Boys and N’Sync were huge back in their day as well, who the hell listens to them now? Not many. He’ll die out just like most other mainstream garbage. If nothing else so when the pre-teens and teens listening to him grows up.

  • Pyrofer

    This point has come up in many articles here. I will say the same thing again.
    Being a knob is not actually illegal.
    Being stupid is not (yet) a crime.
    Acting like a prick is not an offense.

    “Scum” still have the same rights as you or I.

    If you wan’t to start subdividing humanity into scum/notscum and taking rights away from people you don’t like, be prepared for somebody to do it to you too.

    It’s a slippery slope that goes all the way to hell.

  • mthouston

    These photos fall under editorial usage, not commercial.
    And you do have a right to privacy, just not in public spaces.

  • Persio

    Don’t they already?

  • AutomaticPython

    He needs to get over himself

  • the_gator

    If he was truly assaulted he should have called the police immediatly, not wait till later to file a lawsuit.

  • Alan King

    He did. The 911 call was played on the news.

  • Anonymoused

    Then how is a photojournalist any different?

  • Anonymoused

    I listen to them now.
    *cries alone in a corner with cats*

  • Anonymoused

    Why would I waste my money on EyeFi when there are free services like Dropbox and Google drive that will AUTOMATICALLY send any photos I take to a cloud storage, where I can then back it up on any device I’d like to have it on? I already paid for my SD card and 4G.

  • Anonymoused

    Regardless of how you feel about paparazzo (which is very clearly a negative feeling), he is an adult and should learn to deal with people on his own rather than siccing an armed man on anybody who isn’t a screaming girl fan.

  • Anonymoused

    In a public space, especially when you are a public figure (which is usually by choice and not accident), it’s totally acceptable (lawfully AND socially) for somebody to take a photo for editorial reasons.

  • Persio

    Sure, and then you seat down and politely ask the crooks to wait while you download the files to your computer and send them to dropbox. Right. Do you even know what EyeFi is?