Bieber: 'Have I been to Australia?'
Canadian singer Justin Bieber is shockingly rude and arrogant during a deposition regarding a lawsuit claim that his bodyguard beat up a photographer. He even claims to not remember visiting Australia.PT1M55S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34j2f 620 349 March 11, 2014
Teen pop idol Justin Bieber's 2010 tour of Australia, during which he was mobbed by thousands of screaming fans, drew comparisons to The Beatles.
But now it seems those giddy days of women, alcohol-free cider and song are just a hazy memory for the troubled star.
"I don't know if I've ever been to Australia," the 20-year-old told a deposition hearing in the US this week.
A photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Deptartment shows Justin Bieber at the police station in January 2014. Photo: Reuters
Then, clearly perturbed by the question, he turned to a member of his entourage and asked: "Have I been to Australia?"
Oh yes, Justin, you have. You were in Australia on a tour less than six months ago.
Let's have a brief refresher. There was the time you brushed off a member of the Sunrise floor crew with the words "do not f---ing touch me again". [A member of Bieber's entourage eventually took the blame for the incident.]
Justin Bieber leaves his lawyers office in Miami on Thursday, March 6, 2014, after testifying in a civil deposition regarding an alleged assault on a photographer last year. Photo: AP
And the time Kochie, Sunrise's much-loved patriarch, declared you needed a "a slap" to curtail your naughty behaviour and a "feud" – such as it was – ensued.
And the time you caused a huge stir when you spray painted the wall of a Queensland hotel.
And the time the police had to cut short your appearance because the crowd was so unmanageable they feared someone would get hurt.
Alas, the only casualty seems to be Bieber's memory. And, to some extent, his reputation.
This particular bit of trouble for Bieber began when a photographer, Jeffrey Binion, filed a police report in June 2013, claiming that Bieber's bodyguards attacked him outside a recording studio in Miami.
A subsequent lawsuit claims that bodyguard Hugo Hesny, on Bieber's instruction, threw Binion against a wall, grabbed him by the throat, "displayed a gun" which was holstered under his shirt and removed a memory card from Binion's camera.
Bieber sat down with the lawyers for both sides of the lawsuit last week in Miami to record a deposition in the case.
Video of the deposition interviews has been leaked to the US-based celebrity news website TMZ.
Displaying evident hostility at one point, Bieber says: "I don't have to listen to anything you have to say."
In another moment, he channels a courtroom drama, by answering a question with the words: "I object."
The lawsuit is just one of a number of dramas currently swirling around the young star, including the accusation that he egged his neighbour's home in the posh Los Angeles neighbourhood of Calabasas, and that, during a subsequent police raid on his home, drug paraphernalia was found on the premises.
At the time, a friend of the singer was arrested on a felony drug charge.
In January, he and another friend were arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, suspected of driving under the influence, driving with an expired licence and resisting arrest without violence. Later in January he was charged in Toronto with assaulting a limousine driver.
TMZ described the appearance in the deposition video as "insulting, arrogant, snotty, ignorant and disrespectful ... and all in one sitting."
Asked about his early career during the deposition, Bieber notes he was "found" on YouTube.
And, in a failed attempt to claim he was instrumental in the creation of his own career, manages to sum it all up with the words: "I think that I was detrimental to my own career."
Amen to that.