A new lawsuit has been filed against Justin Bieber regarding a fight he had in downtown Cleveland. In 2016, Bieber allegedly attacked a man at a downtown Cleveland Hotel, and now that man is saying that the famous singer used “racial epithets” during the fight against him. There is a new lawsuit that was recently filed by Rodney Cannon, who said that during the fight, there was a lot of threatening communication that included the racial phrases and was in front of a number of people. The racial slur that Cannon is referring to is the N-word.
In addition to the racial epithets, the lawsuit also alleges that the brawl caused both physical and emotional harm to Cannon and that he had to miss several days from work. It was reported that Cannon did lose consciousness during the fight and suffered injuries to both his head and back.
The incident took place in June 2016 after an NBA Finals game, but Cannon didn’t file a Cleveland police report until February 2017. In the police report, Cannon said that he met Bieber after the game while walking into the hotel. After sharing a drink at the bar, Bieber allegedly took Cannon’s sunglasses as they were leaving. After Cannon took a picture of Beiber, Bieber became upset. If Bieber gave back the sunglasses, Cannon would then delete the photo. The fight broke out after Bieber did not return the sunglasses and instead grabbed Cannon’s phone and started deleting pictures off of it. During the fight, Bieber punched Cannon in the face several times. Cannon did not engage in the fight.
Sources for Bieber say that no racial epithets were said during the brawl. His manager, Scooter Braun, posted a statement online coming to the defense of Beiber, saying that this claim is false and that this man has pushed for money for the last several years. The statement acknowledges that Bieber has done a lot of stupid things in the past and has apologized for his actions.
Cannon’s attorneys say that the lawsuit is not a publicity stunt, and if it was, it would have been filed at the time of the incident.
TMZ released footage of the fight after it occurred, but Bieber hasn’t been criminally charged in connection with the incident.