Justin Bieber settles paparazzo lawsuit

Justin Bieber finally blinked. The lawsuit filed against the singer of Boyfriend and Baby in 2013 in Miami was settled Thursday night. And the word is Bieber’s insurance company paid out loads of moolah for the lawsuit to go away, just three weeks before a trial was to start in downtown Miami. Jeffery Binion, a Miami Beach paparazzo who said he was roughed up by Bieber’s bodyguards, was asking for millions. Bieber’s faithful bodyguard Hugo Hesny, a Davie resident, was also named in the lawsuit. “Oh, Binion’s a happy man today,” said one source close to the case. Binion’s lawyer, Mark DiCowden, didn’t comment about details because the settlement is confidential. “All I can say is that the case has been settled,” DiCowden said. Roy Black, who led Bieber’s stable of lawyers, declined to comment. Earlier this month, Bieber and Binion underwent five hours of mediation to try to come to an agreement. Both sides were prepping for trial when settlement talk kicked into high gear. Binion claimed Bieber sicced his bodyguards on him outside a recording studio in North Miami in June 2013. Binion was taking photos of Bieber skateboarding when Hesny, who’s been involved in other cases of violence against photographers, allegedly grabbed Binion, took his camera and pulled out the memory card.

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