Justin Bieber and his bodyguard sued for assault
- 21 August 2014
- From the section Entertainment
Justin Bieber is being sued by a photographer for assault and infliction of emotional distress.
Aja Oxman has claimed the singer ordered his bodyguard to take a memory card after he photographed Bieber leaping from a cliff into the ocean.
Bodyguard Dwayne Patterson, who is also being sued, is accused of putting the paparazzo in a chokehold.
The photographer said he was seriously injured and that his camera was damaged.
The lawsuit, which states that the assault took place in Hawaii last year, is looking for more than $25,000 (£15,000) in damages.
Patterson was arrested on suspicion of assault and then charged with second-degree robbery, court records show.
He pleaded no contest to criminal property damage and harassment and was ordered to pay Oxman $6,000 (£3,600).
Bieber was not arrested and no charges were filed against him because of a lack of evidence showing he ordered his bodyguard to attack, said Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar.
He is not accused in this new lawsuit of attacking Oxman himself. It is claimed that he helped his bodyguard break the camera though.
Bieber has yet to make a statement about the accusations.
He is also being sued by other photographers who say he attacked them.
In one, the paparazzo has sued Bieber for assault in over a row at a shopping centre in June 2013. The case is still pending and is scheduled for trial in December.
Last week, the 20-year-old agreed to take anger management classes after pleading guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest in Miami.
The singer was held by police in Florida in January with singer Khalil Amir Sharieff after a street drag race.
Prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of driving under the influence in exchange for the guilty pleas.
Bieber also agreed to pay court fees and give £30,000 to charity.