With one Miami lawsuit paid off, troubled pop star Justin Bieber can now focus on another claim filed here by a second photographer who says he was roughed up by one of his bodyguards. And this case may hinge on a star witness named David Giraldo. But the 30-year-old midnight-shift sandwich maker at Subway is so uneasy with the limelight that he skipped three depositions so far. His last chance to avoid jail is to show up with his cellphone before Circuit Court Judge Jerald Bagley at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. “I’ll be there,” Giraldo said.
“I don’t feel like going but I’ll make an effort. I don’t want to go to jail. This is stressing me out. I don’t care about Justin Bieber. I just want to be left in peace.” Giraldo discreetly pushed the record button of his smartphone when, at about 4 a.m. Jan. 23, 2014, shutterbug Manuel Munoz barged in Giraldo’s shop and begged for someone to call the police.
In time, according to the lawsuit, Bieber bodyguard Dwayne Paterson ran in after Munoz and cornered the photographer in a back hallway. The chase started when Munoz photographed Bieber as he exited the nightclub Set on Lincoln Road. Munoz says he was punched and kicked by Paterson inside the Subway when he refused to hand over the memory card of his camera. Munoz is suing Patterson for battery and false imprisonment, and Bieber for negligence.
Munoz says the singer of Baby failed to supervise Patterson properly. Giraldo, meanwhile caught the entire incident on his cellphone. It’s mostly audio, he says, because he didn’t want to appear to film the incident. Another Bieber bodyguard pulled a wad of $100 bills from his pocket and asked Giraldo not to film. In the end, that bodyguard left without making good on his promise of payment. “You can hear the screaming and everything,” Giraldo said. “I guess they’ll be able to decide if punches were thrown.”