Justin Bieber Files $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Two Twitter Users Over Sexual Assault Accusations
Justin Bieber is suing two Twitter users for defamation for alleging that he sexually assaulted them. Bieber says those accusations are false and are an attempt to impugn his character.
Bieber is suing two social media users known as "Danielle" and "Kadi," who he says have anonymously and "fraudulently schemed to seek attention and fame by maliciously posting despicable, blatantly false, fabricated, defamatory accusations" that the pop singer engaged in sexual assault. According to his 47-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Bieber says that he can prove that the times and locations of the alleged assaults are "provable fabricated" and that the "accusations are factually impossible." Bieber's attorney also states they are also considering the fact that the accusers "Danielle" and "Kadi" may in fact be the same person using two accounts.
"Bieber will not stand idly by while Defendants attempt to get attention and fame for themselves, by recklessly spreading malicious lies that he engaged in egregious criminal conduct by assaulting Defendants, and Bieber is therefore bringing this defamation/libel action to clear his name and to set the record straight," according to the singer's court papers.
The singer's legal team say they do not know the true names of the users but only that "Danielle" uses the Twitter handle @danielleglvn and "Kadi" uses the Twitter handle @ItsnotKadi. "Danielle" posted a lengthy story on June 20th titled "My name is Danielle. On March 9, 2014, I was sexually assaulted by Justin Bieber." Bieber's attorneys say they can definitively prove that all the accusations against him are untrue.
While Danielle has claimed on social media that she was sexually assaulted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin on March 9, 2014, after his performance at SXSW, Bieber says he did not stay or visit that hotel on that date. In a Twitter post, Danielle said Bieber took her to his hotel room at the Four Seasons in Austin on March 9, 2014 and after initially consenting to making-out that he sexually assaulted her. She said at the time she was 21 and Bieber was 20.
Bieber’s team counters saying "Danielle" only presumed that the singer stayed at the hotel that night because there had been reports of him dining at the hotel's restaurant. However, they said Bieber stayed at the private residence with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez. They point out that there are multiple photographs of Bieber leaving his show with Gomez and going to his rental property that night. Bieber checked out of his rental property the next day and had dinner on March 10th at the Four Seasons but did not stay at the hotel.
The court papers say that accusations by "Kadi" are also "likewise factually impossible and contradicted by her own prior written statements, are supported only by falsified or faked text." Similarly, Bieber's legal team says "Kadi" accusations are also fabricated. "Kadi" accused Bieber of sexually assaulting him at his hotel room at the Langham Hotel in New York City on the night of March 4, 2015 after she says that she was invited up to his room at 2:30 am. Kadi says she was waiting outside Bieber’s hotel all day with other fans when she was invited up to the singer's hotel room. Bieber's legal team calls that allegation an "utter outlandish fabrication" because on that night he attended the Met Gala, went immediately after to a celebrity-hosted party at Up & Down, from which he was photographed leaving at 4 am when eating a hot dog on the street. In the complaint, Bieber's attorneys also point to numerous of Kadi's tweets saying she had never met the signer, but wanted to sleep with him.
Bieber's attorneys call both accusations "a complete fabrication for the self-stated purpose of garnering fame and attention." For damaging his reputation, his legal team is demanding punitive damages of $20 million.