For months, Justin Bieber has been trying to convince the world that he’s cleaning up his act and becoming “someone who you can all look at and be proud of.” Now, Biebs has scored a minor legal victory that could help his image makeover along.
The 21-year-old has settled a lawsuit with a photographer who claims he was assaulted by the singer’s bodyguard in 2013. The paparazzo, Jeffrey Binion, was reportedly taking photos of Bieber from the sidewalk outside a South Florida recording studio. He claims Bieber ordered his bodyguard to rough him up and steal his memory card.
Binion filed the lawsuit in 2013 seeking unspecified damages. After months of lengthy mediation between both sides, Binion’s attorney, Mark DiCowden, confirmed the settlement on Friday (April 24), saying the terms of the agreement are confidential.
Bieber still faces a similar lawsuit by another Florida photographer who claims Bieber’s bodyguard beat him up and smashed his camera. That alleged incident happened the same night Bieber was arrested by Miami police for drag racing in 2014.
Bieber struck a deal with prosecutors last August in which he pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting an officer. He made a $50,000 donation to a children’s charity and agreed to attend anger management courses.