Gossip extra

Strange turns in Justin Bieber case



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.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Celebrity roundup

    Sofia Vergara & Joe Mangianello heat things up in the Magic City

    The hottest couple in Hollywood is turning up the heat in — where else? — Miami.

  • Scene in the Tropics

    Sean Combs’ girlfriend Cassie Ventura poses for vodka shoot

    Cassie Ventura, recording artist and girlfriend of Diddy, was spotted Wednesday at the SLS South Beach, posing in a hot yellow bikini for a Ciroc photo shoot. Sean “Diddy” Combs, who is brand ambassador for the vodka, stopped by the session twice throughout the day to check on how things were going and to chat with Ventura. Spies tell us, “They were very sweet to each other.” Also in attendance was Janice Combs, Diddy’s mom.

  • At the movies

    Willem Dafoe: He’s got range

    There are actors with range, and then there’s Willem Dafoe. The sharp-featured Dafoe has played roles as diverse as Jesus (in Martin Scorsese’s controversial The Last Temptation of Christ) and the bloodsucking ghoul Nosferatu (a deliciously over-the-top turn in Shadow of the Vampire). He repeatedly has bared body and soul in Lars von Trier’s intense sex dramas, writhed with Madonna in the erotic thriller Body of Evidence and voiced animated children’s characters in Finding Nemo and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category