Musician Justin Bieber is facing a lawsuit filed by a photographer he accidentally hit with his truck in 2017. The paparazzo had been trying to take pictures of Bieber leaving Church and, despite first defending the singer, now says he suffers with “permanent disability.”
William Wilson is accusing Bieber of negligence when pulling out of the Saban Theater in Los Angeles. In video footage obtained by Daily Mail, Wilson clearly hasn’t left enough space between himself and the car’s path, as Bieber turns right and unintentionally strikes the photographer.
Wilson had previously come to Bieber’s defense directly after the incident. In a video posted from his hospital bed, he revealed Bieber had showed compassion in the moments after the accident. Bieber stopped and checked on Wilson, staying with him until the ambulance arrived.
Calling him a “good kid,” Wilson said in 2018:
I think the truck was a little too big for him, though cause there's no way he could see over the front. Hopefully everything works out here, getting ready to go into the X-rays right now.
The accident raises questions about the morality of paparazzi and privacy. It’s worth noting Bieber was cleared by police, who largely placed blame on the flashing cameras causing a distraction while he was trying to drive away.
Wilson is now suing for “permanent disability, emotional damages and general damages.” The damages remain unspecified.