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Justin Bieber Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit

Justin Bieber has formally filed to voluntarily dismiss a defamation lawsuit against two defendants who accused him of sexual assault.

The superstar singer/songwriter originally filed the suit in 2020 after the defendants took to Twitter and claimed that Bieber had sexually assaulted them, and the musician’s counsel re-filled a request in a Los Angeles court on Friday (3.18).

In tweets posted in June of 2020, one defendant named Danielle alleged that Bieber had assaulted her in an Austin, Texas hotel room in 2014 after the South by Southwest event. The singer’s attorneys confirmed that their client did not have a room at the hotel and provided evidence that he had spent the night with then-girlfriend Selena Gomez at a rental property elsewhere in the city. 

On the same day in June, defendant Khadidja Djibrine posted that Bieber had assaulted her in a New York City hotel room in March 2015. Bieber’s legal asserted he hadn’t stayed at that hotel either, and provided photos of the Canadian pop-star at a Met Gala afterparty during the time of the alleged attack.

At the time Justin Bieber’s lawyers stated “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.”

According to editors at Rolling Stone, it remains unclear whether the dismissal is due to a settlement or if Bieber simply decided to drop the case.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Marten Kloetstra