Justin Bieber plays dumb, argues and lobs passive-aggressive insults in newly released footage from a deposition given last week regarding a lawsuit claiming the troubled star's bodyguard assaulted a photographer.
The 20-year-old Bieber maintains an insolent and combative demeanor throughout the footage, which was shot in Miami on Thursday May 6 and released by TMZ. Sporting a wisp of a mustache, Bieber pretends to not understand basic questions from the photographer's lawyer, and shows his contempt by smirking and flashing smarmy responses at every turn.
"I don't have to listen to anything you have to say," says Bieber, who pops his color, winks and gives smoldering looks into the camera in the video.
At one point, Bieber claims to not know whether he's ever been to Australia (he toured there in 2011 and 2013), and storms out after being asked about on-off girlfriend Selena Gomez. "Don't ask me about her again," he says repeatedly with a wag of the finger during one particularly contentious exchange.
He also appears to confuse the deposition -- a legal proceeding -- with a news interview, asking at one point whether "is this journalism?" and later mockingly calls the lawyer "Katie Couric." After refusing to answer another question about manager Scooter Braun, Bieber closes his eyes for several seconds and says, "This seems like a 16-minute interview," presumably meant as a reference to CBS' "60 Minutes."
Bieber also Freudian slipped on a question about his discovery as an artist, and whether Usher was instrumental in his early success. "I was found on Youtube. I think I was detrimental to my own career," he said.
During the deposition, Bieber and his attorney object to several lines of questioning as harassment. Bieber appears to respond to the fresh controversy in a Twitter post on Monday, writing "Love how some people love to twist and justify the horrible action of others. We all have a right to defend ourselves and feel harassed."