Paparazzo Sues Bieber and His Bodyguard, Was Allegedly Beaten then Given $5K

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Although there’s no shortage of press surrounding young pop star, Justin Bieber, today he’s getting a bit more in the form of a lawsuit from photographer Manuel Munoz.

Munoz is suing both Bieber and his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, after an incident outside the SET Nightclub in Miami Beach, where Patterson supposedly locked him in a Subway restaurant, demanding he delete his photos of the pop star if he wanted to leave.

According to the TMZ report (salt handy?), Patterson physically abused Munoz, kicking and punching him and demanding that he remove the memory card. In addition to bodily harm, it’s reported that the camera was also damaged in the altercation. However, there are some discrepancies, as the official police report said Munoz reported he had tripped and scraped his left knee during the altercation.


In the end, the police report says the situation was settled in the Subway restaurant restroom when Patterson agreed to pay $5k for Munoz to delete the photos. Munoz was allegedly looking to get $10k, but Patterson managed to haggle it down.

When asked for comment, Bieber’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, told TMZ:

This new lawsuit filed by a paparazzo is yet another shakedown for money. The paparazzo admits that Justin was not present at the alleged ‘assault.’ The paparazzo told the police he had only scratched his knee when he was allegedly tripped, but now claims he was beat up. There are no damages.

This is just one of many cases involving photographers against “The Bieb.” What’s the lesson that can be taken away from all of this? Well, we’ll let you decide that.

(via Resource)

Image credits: Header photograph by Eric Calouro, body photo by Adam Sundana

  • Eden Wong

    Really? I can’t believe this was posted on this forum…

  • Vlad Dusil

    Srsly, wtf PP.

  • fast eddie

    Another quality article by Gannon Burgett.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Paparazzi vs. Justin Bieber. No one to root for in that one.

  • DLCade

    Hey Eddie, I’m the one that curates stories. If you’d like to offer feedback (we’ll call this feedback) it’s me you ought to aim it at.

  • Kyle Gray

    Wow. This is not the place for a TMZ article. Seriously. Ugh.

  • Eric Lefebvre

    Wow … that is a tough choice to make … short of having cellphone video of the altercation showing the bodyguard physically abusing the paparazzi … which we don;t …

  • Korios

    I’m curious what kind of “feedback” he offered..

  • faloc

    paparazzi vs Bieber on PP? really now? they’re both worse than rubbish

  • faloc

    everytime I see JB on my screen, I feel like punching the screen….