No media access to images of semi-clad Bieber - for now: judge

Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:27pm EST
 
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By David Adams

MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami judge on Thursday temporarily blocked media access to any more video images of a semi-clad Justin Bieber filmed while the teenage pop singer was in police custody last month after his arrest for driving under the influence.

The police station footage included clips of Bieber giving a urine sample behind a low wall.

Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield ordered that about 10 hours of police surveillance video not be released until he has been able to review them in his chambers.

"Do you believe that the public has the right to ... see Justin Bieber urinating?" the judge asked attorneys representing several large media companies seeking access to the video under Florida's broad public records law.

"I don't think the public has a right to see his penis," replied Scott Ponce, an attorney for the Miami Herald and CBS.

"I believe the public has a right to see him standing behind a wall doing what we know is urinating," he added, noting that Bieber's urine test was part of the evidence in the DUI case.

At issue are four short clips of Bieber urinating at the police station.

If Bieber's genitalia are visible in the videos, authorities should release the clips after blacking out his private parts, he argued.   Continued...

 
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber gestures at a beach as he takes a break in a resort in Punta Chame, on the outskirts of Panama City January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso