No stranger to summonses, Justin Bieber is now at the center of a personal injury lawsuit claiming that he struck pedestrian Walter Damon Lee with his Ferrari as he departed West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory in June 2013. Lee is seeking more than $25,000 for property damage and personal injury, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The lawsuit claims that the then-teenaged pop star “negligently, carelessly, recklessly, wantonly and unlawfully” hit Lee with his Ferrari. Subsequently, the pedestrian sought medical treatment for laceration, “crush injury,” hematoma, deep abrasions and fluid collection in his left knee and leg and deep venous thrombosis in his calf and ankle. The court papers say Lee will continue to need treatment for his injuries. Beyond his injuries, Lee alleged, via attorney, that his client has not been able to work since the collision and might not be able to work for the near future.
Earlier this year, Bieber and a Ferrari, driven by his friend, were central to charges of DUI and resisting arrest, the latter of which was demonstrated in his expletive-filled police report. This year, he’s also faced legal scrutiny for an alleged egging, turned himself in for allegedly assaulting a limo driver and faced since-dismissed charges that he attempted to rob a woman of her cell phone.
Subsequently, Judge Judy has called him “a fool,” Miley Cyrus has recommended he pay people to keep him out of trouble and hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens mounted a petition to have the Canadian pop star deported. One man who has come to Bieber’s defense in the public is beleaguered Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who said, “He’s 19 years old, guys.”