Justin Bieber and his team are in legal trouble again.
Photographer Aja Oxman is suing Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for physically beating him and destroying his camera in Hawaii. In a lawsuit filed by attorney Sark Ohanian, Oxman seeks damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence. Although the lawsuit does not claim Bieber physically attacked Oxman, it does claim he joined Patterson in destroying the photographer’s property.
In Nov. 2013, Bieber was in the public area of Shipwreck Beach, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, when Oxman shot him jumping off a cliff into the water. Patterson’s complaint, filed in Los Angeles on Aug. 19, claims that Bieber told Patterson: “Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card.”
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After Patterson tracked Oxman down, the complaint alleges the bodyguard grabbed him in a chokehold, lifted him up, and slammed him into the hood of a vehicle. This continued — in Bieber’s presence, the complaint states — until another photographer began filming the scene on his cell phone. Reportedly, Patterson finally let go of the photographer, saying, “You think I’m that stupid to get caught by one of your little phone cameras?”
At this point, Patterson and Bieber supposedly destroyed Oxman’s camera, and took his memory card and keys. Patterson was charged and convicted for various crimes relating to his actions.
Representatives for Bieber refused to comment.
In May 2014, reports surfaced that the same Bieber bodyguard — Dwayne Patterson — was being sued in a case similar to this one. Photographer Michael Munoz claimed Patterson chased him into a Subway restaurant after he photographed the singer exiting a Miami Beach nightclub. Allegedly, Munoz was kicked and punched by Johnson, who also forcibly attempted to take the memory card from his camera.