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Justin Bieber Sued by Paparazzi for Alleged Assault

Authorities declined to charge the singer after investigating

June 27, 2013 8:25 AM ET
Justin Bieber performs in Los Angeles, California.
Justin Bieber performs in Los Angeles.
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Justin Bieber is being sued by a paparazzi who claims the singer punched and kicked him last year in a scuffle at a Calabasas, California, movie theater. The Associated Press reports that Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran claims that Bieber was leaving the movie theater with then-girlfriend Selena Gomez when he got out of his car and rushed toward the paparazzi. Duran alleges that Bieber delivered a martial arts-style kick to his gut before punching him in the face.

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The authorities investigated the incident last May, and prosecutors declined to file misdemeanor battery charges against Bieber after finding no evidence of the alleged attack. A doctor found only superficial injuries on Duran, while police who had responded to the scene did not see any injuries. 

Witnesses reported that none of them saw Bieber kick the paparazzi, and that Duran continued to take pictures as Bieber and Gomez were leaving. Duran's photos were reviewed by police and did not show a physical altercation.

Duran's suit against Bieber seeks unspecified damages for "severe and extreme emotional distress" as well as negligence. 

Bieber's representatives have not issued a statement. 

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