theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, the photographer suing Justin Bieber and his bodyguard, accusing them of battery inside a Florida Subway Restaurant, has headed back to Florida Court demanding the judge allow him to go after the pop star for punitive damages in the case — explaining the singer has a long history of assaulting photographers and needs to be punished for his malicious behavior.
Here’s the latest: On July 20th, Munoz returned to court demanding the judge allow him to amend his complaint to now seek punitive damages from Bieber and his bodyguard, explaining the pop star needs to learn his lesson not to assault photographers.
The man explains he recently took the depositions of Bieber’s bodyguard along with other photographers who have accused Bieber and his entourage of assault in the past. He says the evidence shows that Bieber told his bodyguard to “Get him!”, ordering him to chase Munoz.
Further, the evidence shows that the bodyguard has done this numerous times with other paparazzi after being instructed by Bieber to retrieve the photos they took and the man was even arrested in Hawaii following an altercation.
Munoz points out the other incidents stating it shows Bieber has a history of attacking paparazzi and obviously acted intentionally and with intent when he had his bodyguard chase him down and assault in Miami.
Punitive damages are awarded by a jury to punish a defendant along with, deterring them from committing similar behavior. There is no limit to the amount that can be awarded if the jury finds Bieber acted intentionally to harm Munoz. The judge has yet to make a decision on Munoz’s demand to amend his complaint to seek punitive damages.
Here’s the backstory: Photographer Manuel Munoz filed suit against Bieber and his bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson back in 2014.
In his complaint, Munoz said he was taking pictures of Justin as he was leaving SET Nightclub in Miami Beach only minutes before he was eventually arrested for DUI.
The photographer explained the singer’s bodyguard became upset that he was snapping away and chased him into a nearby Subway restaurant. Then he allegedly locked the restaurant door and cornered him in the bathroom and demanded he delete the images.
Munoz said that Bieber’s security then tried to forcibly remove the memory card along with kicking and punching him. Following the incident, the photographer said his camera was damaged in the shuffle and the memory card was taken by the bodyguard.
He filed suit demanding damages for the incident and blamed the bodyguard and Bieber for what went down.
Bieber’s attorney responded to the suit saying it was nothing more than a shakedown for money.