HOUSTON (CN) — Justin Bieber smashed a man’s cellphone at a Houston nightclub after he filmed the singer chugging from a beer bong, the man claims in court.
Robert Morgan sued Bieber on Tuesday in Harris County Court.
Morgan says the pop star, drunk or high, attacked him at a night club after Bieber’s April 9 show in Houston.
During Bieber’s and singer Post Malone’s “after party” at the Cle nightclub, Bieber was onstage while Malone sang, Morgan says. “Bieber appeared to be smoking a cigarette or blunt and didn’t want to be bothered by getting an ashtray when he was finished so he put it out on Post Malone’s arm,” Morgan says in the complaint.
It continues: “After burning his friend and colleague’s arm Bieber decided it would be fun to chug some beer through a ‘beer-bong.'” But Bieber “was clearly a novice” at the beer bong, and he spilled it all over his face and clothes, Morgan says.
Morgan snapped a video of it to post on SnapChat. He says Bieber knows that fans will take photos of him when he’s in public, but Bieber, who “was intoxicated and had consumed some illegal substances,” took offense this time.
“He immediately looked up at Morgan and scolded him before he grabbed Morgan’s phone from his person,” the complaint states. “Before Morgan could say anything else, Bieber smashed Morgan’s telephone into pieces and had his security detail toss Morgan out of the area where Bieber was located. Bieber’s security detail grabbed Morgan and pulled him out of the club.”
This was just a few minutes before the club closed, Morgan says, and Bieber then “snuck out of the back” to avoid being mobbed by his fans.
Morgan, who studied photography in college, says he lost 5,000 pictures and videos, including some from his grandmother’s 100th birthday party.
He seeks punitive damages for assault and conversion.
He is represented by Jason Friedman with Friedman and Feiger in Houston.
The Los Angeles office of Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, did not immediately respond Wednesday morning to a phone message seeking comment.
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