MIAMI - A photographer is seeking to boost the potential damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a Florida lawsuit accusing the singer and a bodyguard of assault.
The photographer's attorney Mark DiCowden said at a Tuesday hearing that he has documented at least 11 similar alleged assaults against photographers over two years involving Bieber and his security personnel. DiCowden says a punitive damage award for photographer Jeffrey Binion could deter future assaults.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel did not immediately rule. Bieber's lawyers say Binion is looking for an unwarranted payoff from a frivolous lawsuit.
Binion claims he was assaulted by bodyguard Hugh Hesney in June near a recording studio.
Bieber has also pleaded not guilty to DUI and other charges after a Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Beach.
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