Paparazzo sues Justin Bieber over alleged assault
ASSOCIATED PRESS June 27, 2013 1:58AM
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 14: Justin Bieber performs on stage at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium on March 14, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Redferns via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 163753010
Updated: June 27, 2013 2:06AM
LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber has been sued by a paparazzo who claims the singer kicked and punched him last year at a Southern California shopping center.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges the “Baby” crooner attacked Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran after Bieber and his then-girlfriend went to the movies at The Commons in Calabasas.
Bieber’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
Duran claims Bieber started to leave the shopping center in his Mercedes, but got out of his car and sprinted toward him.
Duran says Bieber jumped into the air from 6 to 8 feet away to deliver a martial-arts-type kick to the photographer’s gut before punching him in the face.
The suit seeks unspecified damages for “severe and extreme emotional distress” and negligence.