Lawyer cites 11 Bieber pap attacks

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Copy of Copy of Justin Bieber Arrest AP Justin Bieber at a police station in Miami Beach, Florida on January 23, 2014. Photo: Miami Beach Police Department

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 January 23 arrest in Miami Beach. - Sapa-AP

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