Break out the sizzurp? Justin Bieber has reason to celebrate after scoring a legal victory in a lawsuit filed against him by Miami photographer Jeffrey Binion. RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that a Florida judge has ruled the troubled singer can’t be sued for punitive damages once the case goes to trial.
“Baby” singer Bieber has been accused of ordering an assault on the photographer in the case, for which he gave a sullen and petulant deposition that was captured on video in March.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, on April 25, Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel issued an order that stated, “Jeffrey Binion failed to make a reasonable showing by evidence in the record or proffer that a reasonable basis for recovery of punitive damages exists in this case.”
“Without making such a reasonable showing, Jeffrey Binion is not permitted to seek punitive damages against Defendants Justin Bieber and Hugo Hesny in this proceeding,” the documents continued.
The papers also indicate that the jury trial is estimated to last five to six days.
In the meantime, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun is scheduled to tell all in a deposition on May 15, after being served with a subpoena on March 29 at the W South Beach in Miami, as Radar has reported.
Lawyers intend to ask him about the incident in which the plaintiff, Binion, claims Bieber’s bodyguard Hesny roughed him up in South Beach last year.