Media to challenge Bieber move to seal surveillance videos at Miami Beach police station

02/11/2014 3:43 PM

02/12/2014 5:52 PM

The news media will challenge Justin Bieber’s attempt to keep secret the videos of the pop star at the Miami Beach police station during his arrest last month on charges of driving under the influence.

His lawyers filed a motion last week asking a Miami-Dade judge to prevent disclosure of any more videos. The request came one day after Miami Beach police released video footage of Bieber being patted down inside headquarters.

No hearing date has been set for the public-records issues.

Scott Ponce, an attorney for the Miami Herald, said, “There is no basis in the public-records law for this video tape to be withheld from the public, and it will be Mr. Bieber’s burden to somehow establish that this otherwise public record should be withheld.”

The Canadian singer, whose recent antics have drawn worldwide news coverage, was arrested Jan. 23 on a charge of driving under the influence. Miami Beach cops say Bieber, 19, was drag racing in a high-powered Lamborghini in a residential neighborhood.

Cops say he admitted to smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication. A urine analysis showed he tested positive for marijuana and Xanax.

Bieber was also charged with resisting arrest without violence and driving with a suspended license.

Law-enforcement sources confirmed a report this week on the celebrity gossip website that the Lamborghini’s GPS system shows that the car was twice clocked at over 100 miles per hour the night of Bieber’s arrest. But who was behind the wheel is uncertain.

Around the time Bieber was stopped, the GPS unit registered only 27 mph. But the reading isn’t necessarily conclusive, the source said, because the GPS unit takes a reading only every two minutes — meaning Bieber could have sped up, then slowed down quickly as he was stopped by the cops.

The singer has hired the high-priced defense firm of Roy Black. His legal team asked County Judge William Altfield to prohibit the release of any more videos, for now, because his attorneys had not had a chance to see the rest of the footage of Bieber during the booking process.

The videos show Bieber’s interaction with police, including his urinating for the drug test. Defense lawyers believe the footage shows him “in various states of undress, which show intimate personal parts of the defendant’s body,” according to the motion.

On Thursday, Miami Beach police — after consulting with prosecutors — released a portion of a video that shows Bieber being patted down by officers.

About Madeleine Marr

Madeleine Marr


Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

Join the Discussion

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.

Terms of Service