MIAMI – Justin Bieber only travels by private jet. The ‘Believe’ hitmaker has been asked to attend a mediation hearing in his case against photographer Jeffrey Binion – who has accused the star’s bodyguard of attacking him in 2012 – but requested it take place by video link because he is working on a new album and it would cost over $68,000 for himself and his entourage to fly to Miami for the meeting, TMZ reports.
However, lawyers acting for the paparazzo insist he could get a commercial flight, with a first class ticket from Los Angeles costing around $1,000.
And the judge has agreed and told the 20-year-old singer he must be in Miami before March 20 for the hearing.
The ruling comes after Justin was ordered to sit for a second deposition in the case after his previous meeting with lawyers, last March, saw him uncooperative and rude.
Several of the questions Justin refused to answer related to his former girlfriend Selena Gomez, with the lawyer – representing the photographer – insisting their relationship is relevant to the case because she was with him at the scene of another apparent attack on a paparazzo in 2012.
However, after refusing to answer several times, the Canadian star eventually exploded, saying: “Don’t ask me about her! Do not ask me about her!”
The ‘Beauty and a Beat’ singer then stormed out of the room, and was said to have been “on edge” when he returned a few minutes later and angered the lawyer with his surly responses.
Justin is accused of ordering his bodyguard Hugo Hesny to choke Binion and steal his camera equipment last June outside a Miami recording studio. – Bernama