Justin Bieber recently took part in a deposition stemming from a civil assault case filed against him by a former bodyguard, and his behavior in video released from the hearing is often extremely aggressive.
The 20-year-old pop singer was deposed on March 6 in Miami in the civil case that alleges he instructed a former bodyguard to physically assault and steal from a paparazzi photographer. The case is unrelated to Bieber's Miami Beach DUI arrest, for which video and photos were also recently released of him in jail.
In the deposition videos, which are public record, Bieber displays often combative and discourteous behavior, refusing to take questions asked by the photographer's lawyer seriously. Bieber becomes particularly defensive when the lawyer asks questions about his relationship with Selena Gomez.
Bieber unleashed several tweets seemingly referencing the video footage of the deposition following its release, saying, "Love how some people love to twist and justify the horrible action of others. We all have a right to defend ourselves and feel harassed." He later tweeted, "They can't break us. They can't get us down. We are too strong. We love too much. #mybeliebers."
Check out 5 highlights from Justin Bieber's deposition video below.
1. Bieber walks out of deposition after Selena Gomez questions.
The photographer's lawyer asks Bieber if he "knows" Selena Gomez and if he "dated her at some point in time," at which point Bieber's lawyers question the relevance of the Gomez to the case and Bieber comments, "Journalism ... this isn't journalism." When asked again by the lawyer about Gomez, this time if he ever discussed his feelings about the paparazzi with her, a clearly distraught Bieber lets out a heavy sigh and says, "Do not ask me about her again." He repeats the aforementioned plea several times before ultimately removing his microphone and leaving the room with his lawyers.
2. Bieber sort of insults the journalistic integrity of Katie Couric and "60 Minutes."
When asked by the deposing lawyer if Bieber finds his questions "funny," after Bieber is seen rolling his eyes and laughing, Bieber replies, "Well, I don't know Katie Couric, you tell me." The lawyer then asks, "Are you calling me Katie Couric?," to which Bieber responds, "No." The lawyer reminds Bieber that he is partaking in a deposition and not a news interview and when asked if he understood that, Bieber replies, "Yes ... but I see what you're doing." With eyes closed and continuing to refuse to answer if he's discussed with manager Scooter Braun about photographers wanting to take photos of him, he says, "This seems like a '60 Minute' interview."
3. Bieber seemingly can't remember being in Australia ... four months ago.
In what is without-a-doubt blatant sarcasm, Bieber refuses to take the lawyer's question of whether or not he's remembers being in Australia seriously. Bieber replies, "I don't know if I've been to Australia ... Have I been to Australia?" (Note: Bieber performed a string of arena concert shows as part of his highly successful "Believe Tour" in Australia in November and December 2013.)
4. Bieber "doesn't know" Usher, or the difference between "detrimental" and "instrumental."
Bieber's music collaborator and mentor Usher is brought up in the deposition, where the lawyer asks the singer if he knows "Raymound Usher IV" (Note: Usher's actual birth name is Usher Raymond IV). Bieber replies "no" to the question, however when asked if he knows someone solely by the name Usher, he says, "Yeah, Usher, that sounds familiar." Later when asked if Usher was instrumental in Bieber's career, he says, "I was found on YouTube ... I think I was detrimental to my own career." Bieber's lawyer then clarifies that Bieber said he was "instrumental to my own career."
5. Bieber feels strongly about what classifies the term "film."
When asked by the photographer's lawyer to watch paparazzi footage being displayed on a television screen, Bieber lashes out at the lawyer for his use of the word "film" as a means of describing the footage. Bieber says, "This is a film? ... This is a film? You said it's a film ... You said watch the film, is this a film? Is this a film?" The lawyer then asks Bieber if there's a difference between "a film and something else," Bieber quietly answers, "Yes."