Attorneys for Justin Bieber and a photographer who alleges the singer kicked and punched him in 2012 at a Calabasas shopping center have agreed to delay Tuesday’s scheduled start of trial of the paparazzo’s civil suit in order to try to settle the case.
New court papers filed by Bieber’s lawyers state that a mediation session will take place May 22 to try to resolve the case filed by plaintiff Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran in Los Angeles Superior Court in June 2013. The trial is now rescheduled for June 16.
Duran alleges he tried to photograph Bieber, now 21, and the singer’s then-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, as they went to the movies at The Commons in Calabasas on May 27, 2012.
Duran’s lawyers state in their court papers that Bieber “was enraged that (Duran) and other paparazzi had been photographing Bieber and … Gomez as they walked out of the mall and then as Bieber struggled to pull his huge van out of the crowded mall parking lot.”
Bieber “jumped and kicked plaintiff in the chest, punched him in the jaw and shoved him up against a parked car,” Duran’s lawyers state in their court papers.