MIAMI — The deposition of troubled pop star Justin Bieber in a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County ended about 4 p.m., and sources are telling me Bieber’s behavior during the six-hour ordeal was odd at best.
“The guy proved today he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed,” one source familiar with the court proceeding said.
Bieber got so angry that he attempted to walk out and risk the wrath of a judge — but he was brought back in by his five lawyers.
Why was he ticked off?
Some questions focused on his failed relationship with singer/actress Selena Gomez, a sore point for Bieber.
Later, Bieber appeared to fall asleep and claimed he couldn’t remember the names of the members of his entourage, or whether his bodyguards even worked for him or someone else.
The ultimate humiliation: Bieber faced questions, under oath, about whether he took legal or illegal drugs within 24 hours of the hearing, or whether he drank alcohol within 12 hours.
He answered “no!’ to those questions.
Bieber, 20, spent most of the day in the conference room of famed criminal defense lawyer Roy Black‘s law firm. Black reps the singer in his DUI case but sat in on the civil court deposition.
Today’s grilling by Aventura legal eagle Mark DiCowden was about a lawsuit filed against Bieber in June by Miami Beach paparazzo Jeffery Binion.
Binion wants millions in punitive damages because, he claims, Bieber and his bodyguards behaved like thugs towards him outside the Hit Factory recording studio in North Miami.
The case is partly built on numerous incidents involving Biebs, his security apparatus and photographers.
One source described Bieber has having “selective amnesia” during today’s questioning.
Question: Do you remember being in Australia in November?
Bieber: I don’t know if I ever was in Australia.
Question: How about Seoul, South Korea?
Bieber: I don’t remember.
Question: Do you remember being at the Hit Factory in North Miami in June?
Bieber: I don’t remember being in Miami in June.
Question: How many managers do you have?
Bieber: Oh, I might have 100 managers.
Question: What are their names?
Bieber: I don’t really know.
The singer of Baby and Boyfriend took frequent breaks throughout the session, sometimes every 15 minutes.
At times, I’m told Bieber looked like a deer in the headlights.
At others, he appeared to fall asleep.
“He denied being asleep,” someone familiar with the deposition said. “He said something about being frustrated with the questions and trying to focus.”
I’m told Bieber did complain about the court-mandated deposition being “unfair” to him.
Eventually, DiCowden pushed one of Bieber’s buttons.
“Was Selena Gomez present during any of the incidents with photographers,” DiCowden asked.
That’s when Bieber got up and walked out, screaming at DiCowden: “Do not ask me about her!”
Bieber came back 10 minutes later to face the music.