Justin Bieber is hitting back against assault allegations by filing a defamation and libel lawsuit.
Justin Bieber is pushing back against two women who accused him of sexual assault by filing a $20 million defamation and libel lawsuit against them. According to Bieber, two Twitter users, “named in the suit as Jane Doe-1 (aka Danielle) and Jane Doe-2 (aka Kadi) anonymously posted about two separate incidents, which they allege took place in Austin in 2014 and New York in 2015, respectfully.” The tweets have since been deleted, but in one of them, the woman named ‘Danielle,’ “accused Bieber of assaulting her at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin in 2014.” In the other tweet, ‘Kadi’ alleged Bieber assaulted her back in May 2015 in New York.
Bieber immediately pushed back against the claims via Twitter by posting “a number of receipts, screenshot, photographs, and links to articles which he said disproved the allegations.” On his own Twitter account, he said, “I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight.” He added, “Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed…However, this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with twitter and authorities to take legal action.”
His lawsuit, which was filed in California court last week, states:
“While Bieber believes every claim of sexual assault should be taken seriously, Bieber vehemently denies, as outlandish false fabrications, the despicable allegations that he sexually assaulted the women in 2014 and/or 2015.”
Additionally, the suit suggests that “based on the timing of their posts and accusations, and information therein, the two individuals may actually be either one-and-the-same person or conspired with each other in the dissemination of the defamatory fabrications.” It further states:
“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 set the record straight…It is abundantly clear that these two individuals are trying to capitalize on the climate of fear permeating the entertainment industry, Hollywood and corporate America, whereby it is open season for anyone to make any claim (no matter how vile, unsupported, and provably false) about anyone without consequence.”
At the moment, Bieber is seeking a trial by jury.