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Justin Bieber bodyguard: Paparazzo attack was self defense

Enrique Iglesias' new house in Bay Point
Enrique Iglesias' new house in Bay Point
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It’s Stand Your Ground for celebrities!

The beefy Justin Bieber bodyguard being sued along with the pop star for allegedly attacking a paparazzo in June outside a Miami recording studio is claiming self-defense, saying the shutterbug attacked him.

Security guard Hugo Hesny says he used “reasonable force” when he and other minions, including Bieber BFF Lil Za, grabbed photographer Jeffery Binion and held him against a wall.

Hesny, who packed heat, allegedly pulled Binion’s fancy camera from his hands and took the memory card.

“Hesny affirmatively alleges that he was acting in self-defense and used reasonable force,” Hesny’s filing reads.

Hesny’s response came this week as the case against him and Bieber filed in Miami-Dade County heats up.

Last week, a judge here ordered that Bieber show up for a deposition near his home in the Los Angeles area in January.

The incident occurred when Binion tried to get photos of the troubled Bieber as he took a break from a recording session.

The physical difference between Hesny and Binion is striking. Binion is 57 years old and weighs 136 pounds, according to court papers.

Said Russell Adler, Binion’s attorney: “Hesny and three others, including rapper Lil Za, crossed the street to attack my client because Justin Bieber did not want his picture taken in public.

“It’s bad enough that nobody has taken any responsibility for this incident, but it’s outrageous for any of the attackers to claim that they acted in self-defense or used ‘reasonable force’ against Mr. Binion. They shouldn’t have used any force.”

Hesny’s attorney isn’t returning calls.

Luxurious ride

South Florida’s cocaine cowboys of old used transportation methods that could be precarious, including stripped-down planes with too much cargo.

Today’s suspects have a taste for luxury.

A Fort Lauderdale woman was arrested over the weekend when several federal agencies searched a Jacuzzi-equipped, 106-foot megayacht heading into West Palm Beach from the Bahamas and allegedly found more than 600 pounds of high-grade coke.

The woman, Michelle Daniel, is due in federal court Thursday for a detention hearing. Her attorney, Howard Greitzer, declined to comment.

The captain and another man were also arrested.

The motor-yacht they were on, Secret Spot, is for sale for $4.6 million. It can be chartered out of Fort Lauderdale for $50,000 a week.

Broker Bob Lucas said the boat’s current ownership is “confidential.”

Enrique’s new digs

Check out the first photos of the just-finished Bay Point home of pop star Enrique Iglesias. It has yet to be assessed by the taxman, but the structure is rumored to offer 20,000 square feet of space and cost $26 million, including $5 million he used to buy the land.

It has a tennis court, no doubt a request from galpal Anna Kournikova.

Season’s greetings

Hard to believe but black-tie season is upon us, and its soft opening is Saturday with the fancy Diamond Ball to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital.

The yearly affair, a must for high-profile doctors and some of their patients, is scheduled to take place at the downtown JW Marriott Marquis.

Guests are to include Miami Heat forward Shane Battier, crooner Jon Secada, and Colombian rocker Juanes, whose work on behalf of sick children will be recognized.

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