Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lawyer for Limo Driver Suing Justin Bieber Looking Forward to Cross-Examination

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lawyer for Limo Driver Suing Justin Bieber Looking Forward to Cross-Examination

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Limo driver sues Justin Bieber

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TORONTO - The lawyer for a limousine driver who has launched a civil lawsuit against Justin Bieber says he is "looking forward to the opportunity of cross-examining" the Canadian pop star in court.

Clayton Ruby, the lawyer for Abdul Mohar, has filed documents in an Ontario court that allege that Bieber assaulted his client during an incident in December, 2013.

Ruby says he does "not make allegations lightly" and intends to prove them in court.

"His lawyer said he wasn't present, it wasn't him," Ruby said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity of cross-examining Mr. Bieber on his non-presence or indeed his non-existence."

Bieber's lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said in a emailed statement that the civil claim against his client is "totally without merit."

Mohar is seeking $850,000 in damages and a permanent injunction preventing Bieber or anyone representing him from coming within 100 metres of him, according to the statement of claim filed on Friday.

The alleged incident occurred in the early morning of Dec. 30, 2013, when Bieber and five other people were picked up by Mohar at a Toronto nightclub in his Ford Expedition SUV.

Mohar, who was working as an Uber driver, said there was "a distinct odour of alcohol and marijuana present" when he picked them up from a night club in Toronto via an Uber account owned by Bieber's tour manager Josh Williams, the documents allege.

Mohar was provided a CD to play in the SUV on the way to a Toronto hotel, and according to the statement of claim, Bieber "loudly and aggressively" told him to "max out the volume" numerous times.

The documents allege that "suddenly and without warning," Bieber moved to the front of the SUV and turned the volume all the way up and without "any provocation or warning" Bieber "viciously assaulted" Mohar in an "unprovoked attack" by punching him in his right cheek with a closed fist. …

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