The Toronto SUV limousine driver that alleged Bieber, 21, punched him in the head repeatedly back in December 2013, is suing the Canadian pop star over the incident.
The driver, Abdul Mohar, is asking for $850,000 in damages, and seeking a court order preventing Bieber from coming within 100 meters of him, according to documents filed in Toronto on Friday.
Mohar, 34, said that after picking up a group of six men via transportation app Uber on Dec. 30, 2013 in Toronto, a man he later identified as Bieber punched him in the head because he refused to turn the limo’s music up louder.
In a statement to the Toronto Star, Mohar claims Bieber punched him “very hard” after climbing into the front seats and turning the stereo’s music to full volume.
Bieber s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, called the lawsuit against his client “totally without merit.” In an emailed statement he said: “During the course of the incident, while speaking with the 911 operator, the limousine driver had, in fact, identified his alleged assailant, who was still present, as black. After a careful assessment of the evidence, the Crown attorney withdrew the charge.”
The driver told The Star he was “really shocked” when speaking to the 911 operator, leading to the unclear description.
In his new claim, Mohar alleges that Bieber’s cohorts that evening didn’t cooperate with police in order to protect the “Baby” singer.
“We live in a civilized society where we respect each other,” Mohar, a father of two, said of the altercation. The incident has led the longtime service worker to visit the hospital twice due to “too much stress.”
Bieber, who recently allowed himself to be skewered by the likes of Kevin Hart and Martha Stewart on a Comedy Central roast, taped earlier in March and airing on Monday, has yet to file a statement of defense.