Justin Bieber Sued by Paparazzo

The Biebs gets pulled into lawsuit over alleged incident on the night of his Miami DUI bust.

Posted: 05/16/2014 10:09 AM EDT
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A paparazzo is suing Justin Bieber and his bodyguard for allegedly locking him in a Subway restaurant and damaging his camera the night of the pop star's Miami DUI arrest.

According to TMZ, Manuel Munoz accuses Bieber's bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, of chasing him inside a fast food restaurant after he snapped shots of the Biebs coming out of SET nightclub. He is suing for unspecified damages.

Patterson kicked and punched Munoz, in addition to trying to snatch his memory card, court documents state. Munoz claims the altercation occurred because he refused to delete photos of the Biebs, as per Patterson's request. 

A third party called 911 and a police report was filed, which states that Munoz tried to sell the pics to Patterson for $10,000. The bodyguard refused to pay anything more than $5,000, but eventually got hold of the memory card and left the scene.  

Bieber wasn't directly involved, nor was he inside the Subway. His lawyer, Howard Weitzman, believes the pap just wants money. "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," Weitzman said. 

Patterson, however, has gotten aggressive with paps before. He was arrested last November for physically assaulting a photographer who was taking photos of Bieber in Hawaii. He was booked on third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal property damage, and released on $3,000 bail.

Bieber, on the other hand, has mounting legal drama of his own. Earlier in the week the LAPD confirmed that he was under investigation for attempted robbery, prompting the 20-year-old singer to respond to the allegations on Twitter Thursday (May 15).

"It is hard to defend myself and my privacy every moment of the day. Then to see rumors. The truth will set u free," he wrote. "My mom raised me to be kind to others. I get judged, harassed, and I try to take the high road. Sometimes it isn't easy. But we keep trying ... I will continue to be the man my mother raised," he added. "I love people and I will try to be kind even when things are not fair. Don't believe rumors."     

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