Justin Bieber paparazzo challenge charge

2012-08-10 16:24
Los Angeles - The paparazzo who has been criminally charged with chasing Justin Bieber through California last month will plead not guilty.

The professional photographer allegedly caused the pop star to reach speeds as high as 100 mph on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles but is claiming it was the same urgent situation as a news reporter rushing to a fire.

Paul Raef's lawyer, David Kestenbaum, told website TMZ.com that his client is no different than a traditional news reporter covering a breaking story, and therefore he has a constitutional right to chase it.

Paparazzi Law

The defendant is the first person charged under California's new Paparazzi Law, which enhances the punishment when a photo journalist creates a dangerous situation for profit.

The attorney continued to explain that his client will challenge the new law, presumably on grounds that it violates his American First Amendment right to freedom of the press.

After a hearing on Thursday, David told reporters it is unfair that Justin got off with just a speeding ticket for the incident, while his client now faces a reckless driving charge.


  • yulee1616 - 2012-08-10 16:59

    So why doesn't Kestenbaum say its "unfair" that the cops were also speeding & they didn't get charged at all? YOU FOOL - Justin is the victim here - its your criminal client who he's trying to get away from! Raef should pay Justin's speeding ticket too!

      an0nthinker - 2012-08-11 09:07

      Bieber didn't have to speed. He wasn't forced to speed. He was trying to get away from paparazzi,fine. You want to get away from them, then quit your job and go live in a cave. \r\n\r\nBoth parties are guilty for endangerment.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-10 18:26

    Pity JB never wrote himself off.

  • an0nthinker - 2012-08-11 08:58

    The paparazzo is right why doesn't bieber get a charge? \r\nIts pretty obvious who started speeding first...

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