Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly punching a man at a hotel and using racial slurs.
The pop star was involved in an incident at the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8, 2016. Footage of the fight emerged online the day after, in which Bieber appeared to be seen pushing someone before things erupted. It was not clear what sparked the altercation from the video.
Now, Rodney Cannon has filed a lawsuit against Bieber, accusing him of assault, battery, and damages to personal property, as Billboard reports. The court documents claim that Cannon was introduced to Bieber at the hotel and that the star allegedly removed Cannon’s sunglasses without permission.
When Cannon took Bieber’s photo, his “demeanour dramatically changed”, with the singer said to have become “irate” and “aggressively threatening” to hurt Cannon if the photo wasn’t deleted.Cannon also claims that the altercation took place in front of a crowd and that Bieber used racial slurs during it.
The suit states that Bieber grabbed Cannon’s shirt as he was walking away and then punched him in the face, head, and body. Cannon said he subdued Bieber on the ground instead of “engag[ing] in mutual combat” when he was then hit on the head by one of Bieber’s security team. He says he lost consciousness for a brief period because of this.
According to the suit, the incident caused Cannon physical and emotional harm, and he missed multiple days of work because of it. He also claims his sunglasses and clothes were destroyed to a value of more than $1,000 (£745). He is seeking damages to be decided at trial. Bieber has yet to comment on the claims or put in a defence.
Bieber recently offered his support to Kanye West after the rapper came under fire for his controversial meeting with right-wing pundit Candace Owens, his praise of Trump, and comments about slavery. “Our job is to love, not to always agree!” Bieber wrote in an Instagram story.