Justin Bieber’s Reverse Psychology Comeback Tour continued last week when he tried to endear himself to the public by acting exactly as spoiled and entitled as his critics assume he is.
During a deposition for the pending lawsuit against one of his bodyguards accused of assaulting a photographer, Bieber unapologetically challenged attorneys for the plaintiff, Jeffrey Binion, and otherwise behaved rudely.
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Binion first filed suit on June 10, 2013, alleging that bodyguard Hugo Hesny threw him against a wall and brandished a firearm at the behest of Bieber after the photographer attempted to take pictures of him outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, FL.
But in a four-and-a-half-hour videotaped deposition obtained by TMZ, Bieber was deliberately evasive and difficult as Binion’s attorney Russell S. Adler asked him questions about the incident.
“I don’t have to listen to anything you have to say,” Bieber said at one point when Adler was in the process of asking a question.
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As Adler attempted to piece together a portrait of Bieber’s culpability, the young star acted aloof, pretending not to even understand the simplest inquiries. “I don’t know if I’ve been to Australia,” he confessed before turning to his legal team to ask whether he had ever visited the country.
Among other subjects, Adler inquired about Bieber’s ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, to which Bieber responded angrily, “Don’t ask about her again,” before his lawyers insisted on a recess. Later, Bieber compared the interrogation to an interview for “60 Minutes,” calling the lawyer “Katie Couric” before Adler clarified, “this is your deposition, do you understand?”
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Bieber’s behavior during the deposition follows a string of recent incidents in which he came into conflict with the authorities. In 2013, he was charged with vandalism in Brazil, and police later searched his house after an alleged incident where Bieber threw eggs at one of his neighbor’s houses. And on January 23, he was arrested in Miami for suspicion of driving under the influence with an expired license.
That said, it’s difficult to imagine feeling more sympathy towards a tabloid photographer than virtually any of his subjects, given the increasingly invasive presence of paparazzi around the globe. But even though TMZ didn’t reveal where it obtained the videotape, which was never intended for public broadcast, suffice it to say that its release may have been engineered to help attorneys for the plaintiff try the case in the court of public opinion, before it actually goes to trial.
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