The lawsuit brought by a Miami Beach paparazzo against pop star Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards is taking a couple of strange turns.
For one thing, Hugo Hesny, the Broward-based celebrity bodyguard named as a defendant, is still working for the singer despite the June incident and was recently videotaped roughing up another shutterbug in Argentina.
Second: Russell Adler, shutterbug Jeffery Binion’s attorney and a former partner in Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein’s law firm, was just suspended for three months by the bar association.
The suspension, which kicks in Dec. 16, is the result of an investigation into Adler’s alleged lies to a condo association in New York City about the financing of an apartment he bought there.
Bodyguard Hesny, meanwhile, has popped up on YouTube grabbing a photographer during a scuffle outside a nightclub visited by Bieber in Buenos Aires.
Hesny can be seen chasing then hit the lensman until local police intervenes.
The new evidence, says Adler, warrants an amended complaint in which Bieber will be asked to pay millions in punitive damages.
“It’s proof positive that Justin Bieber is directing Mr. Hesny’s violent acts and approving them,” Adler said. “Justin Bieber failed to take action against the bodyguard after the Miami incident.”
Bieber, 20, is scheduled to be deposed in the Miami lawsuit Jan. 23 near his Los Angeles home. Adler is trying to have Hesny deposed at the same place Jan. 24, but his lawyers have been filing motions to protect Hesny from the deposition.
So far, Bieber’s lawyers have denied that Hesny works for the singer, and Hesny’s cited self-defense as the reason for the Binion incident.
Paying it off
Congrats to Miami Heat enforcer Udonis Haslem.
Haslem has paid off a $2.4 million mortgage he took from Citibank in 2007 when he bought his Broward County mansion.
And he paid 24 years early on the 30-year loan.
Haslem, 33, bought the 14,000-square-foot mansion in the Westfield Estates of Southwest Ranches for $3.2 million.
Haslem’s fancy residence went to the forefront of the news in April when it was burglarized. Sheriff’s deputies likely disrupted the burglars: They found trash bags of Haslem’s stuff on the driveway when they got there.
Ringing in the new
The stars are starting to line up for New Year’s Eve in Miami Beach.
Word is the Fontainebleau Miami Beach will have tongue-sticking, pint-sized troublemaker Miley Cyrus as co-host of its poolside revelry.
Singer Pharrell ( Blurred Lines, Get Lucky) will also host, and DJ Afrojack is the featured musical act.
Singe ticket prices: $275 including open bar for three hours. For $40,000 (plus a $3,200 “service charge”), you could take 30 of your friends and sit closest to the stage.
The SLS Hotel South Beach is getting the other half of the Blurred Lines song, Robin Thicke, who’s scheduled to perform, also poolside, along with up-and-coming singer Skylar Grey.
Single tickets are on sale for $500.