Justin Bieber files defamation lawsuit

Singer Justin Bieber and his wife, model Hailey Baldwin.
Singer Justin Bieber and his wife, model Hailey Baldwin.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Justin Bieber has filed a US$20 million (S$27.8 million) defamation lawsuit against two women who had accused him of sexual assault on social media, reported People.com.

The identities of the two women remain anonymous, aside from their Twitter handles - @danielleglvn and @ItsnotKadi, and the first names - Danielle and Kadi - they went by on the accounts.

Bieber's lawyers said that accusations against the 26-year-old singer are "factually impossible and disproven both by indisputable documentary evidence and the individuals' own admissions".

They said: "Danielle claimed she was sexually assaulted at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 9, 2014. However, Bieber did not stay at that hotel in March 2014."

"There are multiple witnesses and documentary evidence to dispute Danielle's malicious lie."

Bieber, who is married to model Hailey Baldwin, responded to the assault allegations by Danielle in a series of tweets posted on Sunday.

He said: "Rumours are rumours, but sexual abuse is something I don't take lightly. I wanted to speak out right away, but out of respect to so many victims who deal with these issues daily, I wanted to make sure I gathered the facts before I made any statement."

Bieber then posted receipts and e-mails, showing that the singer never stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel, refuting Danielle's claim of sexual assault.

In the lawsuit filing, Kadi's accusation has been dismissed as being "likewise factually impossible", adding that it is "contradicted by her own prior written statements" and "supported only by falsified or faked texts".

Kadi tweeted that on May 5, 2015, she had been invited to Bieber's hotel - The Langham - in New York City, where she was sexually assaulted.

According to the filing, the timing of the assault - at Bieber's hotel room at 2.30am - could not have been possible as at "the same time, Bieber was at the Met Gala after-party with dozens of witnesses".

The filing states: "Bieber did not sexually assault Kadi, or anyone else, in a hotel room in New York, on the night of May 4, 2015, early AM of May 5, 2015."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2020, with the headline 'Justin Bieber files defamation lawsuit'. Print Edition | Subscribe