Justin Bieber Steals Memory Card Out Of Photographer's Camera

Justin Bieber Steals Memory Card Out Of Photographer's Camera

Justin Bieber is having a rough time with the media lately. In the most recent incident, the 19 year old pop star ordered his security guards to take a camera from a paparazzo outside of the 'Hit Factory' recording studio in Miami. Bieber wanted to make sure the photographer wouldn't be able to shoot anymore and told his crew to "Grab that camera! Get that f***ing camera out of here!". After the photographer pleaded to get his camera back and promised to delete the photos, Bieber Agreed to give back the camera but kept the memory card.


Last week Bieber confronted another photographer, this time it was at the Eastern Conference Finals game 7 where a photographer working for 'Local 10' snapped one photo of Justin with his cellphone. Justin decided not to ignore it, and ordered his bodyguards to go and delete the image from the photographers' phone.

What do you think of Bieber's actions? Was he right doing what he did? Or he needs to find better ways to deal with the media? Is it even legal to force a photographer to delete an image when the subject may not have any right to privacy? It's a discussion that has much wider implications than just with regards to the polarizing pop star.

[via TMZ]

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Douglas Sonders's picture

Ive worked with him on several occasions. I can't publicly talk about my experience (good or bad) but I will say he stopped a concert once to yell at photographers in the pit just doing their jobs and kicked them out. Dude hates photographers.

HE (Bieber) photographed ME in Australia last year http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephencotterellphotography/7594768500/in/p...

I was cool with that

Emil Nyström's picture

I feel nothing but sorry for Justin Bieber for having to cope with that type of blood sucking photographers. Not a minute alone - without people tailing him. The photographer got what he deserved. Weather its legally right or not, thats a different question.

Please tell that comment is a joke?

Emil Nyström's picture

Why would i be? Just because he's an artist don't mean he deserves to be stalked and workout privacy. Thrashing on Beaber is så 1600... Welcome to the 21th century. .

Fstoppers is not a place for dumb remarks, especially "thrashing on Beaber? is sa 1600?" You're telling us that back in the 1600's paparazzi would carry around painting canvases and paint celebrities as they leave buildings........

Emil Nyström's picture

I'd love to see that happen. Of course that's not what i meant. The trash talking and witch hunting is not so fresh in my book. But then again. I guess telling and trash talking is a big part of society -but its still lame....

Who was talking trash in that clip? Oh yeah, Beibs. So yes, it is lame. You're saying even though he's an artist, he should be treated like everyone else? Fine, that means he can't steal property from people just because he feels like it, especially when it's that person's source of income. There is literally not one single reason to take his side on this argument. It was unethical, illegal, immature, and he's going to get away completely scot free.

Emil Nyström's picture

I can't believe I'm even having this discussion. It's like your not reading what's written? I'm pretty clearly stating im not talking from a legal stand point. And obviously people here have a unrealistic strong hate for Bieber. I find it kind of sad how you can't see this from his point of view.

Oh, trust me, I read everything you said, multiple times in fact, because I was trying to find the microscopic trace of logic that you were basing your argument on. Still can't find it by the way, but I wasn't just saying his actions were wrong from a legal standpoint, they are wrong from any possible standpoint you can take. I understand being constantly hounded by paparazzi could really suck. But having your livelihood jacked by some punk kid and his hired goons while you're completely in your rights, doing your job, that sucks more. If you can't grasp that, then I'm sorry for you.

Emil Nyström's picture

You agree with me that papparazzi's can suck, but you cant find any trace of logic in what i say? It seems to me you just want to make an argument. You are obviously angry over something i don't feel connected to - maybe you can relate to the photographer because you've done similar jobs? For me its like a pimp loosing his hoe, and that would make me feel sorry for him because he lost livelihood. It's an expreme example. But thats how I feel, and obviously you don't.

You're shooting a wedding, and someone not connected to the family who hired you comes up and steals your camera because they don't want you to take their picture. You calmly try to explain to them that you were payed by the family to take pictures here, and that you are within your rights, they can't just take your stuff. This guest just laughs at you, talks down to you, and completely disrespects you infront of the entire wedding party, walking away with your camera. Now you're forced to swallow your pride and BEG this guest to give you back your camera; you have to keep shooting the wedding. The guest turns back, loving the power he now has over you, and decides to give you your VERY expensive piece of equipment back, but decides to keep your memory card. The entire wedding, the portraits, the ceremony, the KISS, are all on that card. You beg and plead, in front of the entire wedding party, to give you the card back, you've been working so incredibly hard and that is the key to your paycheck, but he laughs at you and walks away, cocky as hell. He has no use for that card, but he still keeps it to spite you. Now you're completely screwed, and the entire wedding party has just seen this. That is how I look at what happened and that is what angers me.

Emil Nyström's picture

I think that's where you and i view it differently. Paparazzo have been the reason for many cat crashes and dangerous situations. Even deaths. Maybe this one was respectful and not invasive. Maybe he was just that exception. I just don't vocoder paparazzo a part of the business to me is like

So because a bunch of people under the label "Paparazzi" did some rude things, then this guy should be punished? Thats making generalizations based on profession If we, as photographers, do that to other photographers, whats to stop the public from making generalizations about ALL of us, based on what the paparazzi does? It's already happening.

I was thinking exactly this way, but maybe in a less extreme version too. There's no right, morally, legally, jokingly, friendly, for anyone to steal something and say from their point of view...ANYTHING. A photographer or a paparazzi, does something for what they love, or for the paycheck, and if anyone comes up to them and says they're angry or pissed they took a photo or painted a picture of a park scenery, no one should be able to keep that person's work and say, oh you took a picture of me i'll take your life's work away.

He could have just looked through the camera and deleted his photos. He already knew where the memory card was, so why not delete the photos instead of stealing someone's $20-$100 card?

Because he wanted to assert himself over the photographer by stealing something from him. And probably because he doesn't understand how to operate something with more buttons than his Iphone.

Just another reason to dislike him.

as if we need one.. only braindead baby girls like him.

Wich one? the idiot with the camera or the one with the microphone?

Even if it was on private property, he could only request that they stop taking photos or leave the premises.

Taking the camera from the photographer = Battery
Removing and keeping the memory card = Theft

He essentially ordered the mugging of the photographer. It's pretty cut and dry.

... and taking a card by force or threat of force is called strong-armed robbery where I come from, a felony punishable by 15 years incarceration. And telling someone to go do it? Thats conspiracy, punishable the same. I sorta when find this d-bag child, take his photo, get robbed, then charge him with the crime... and drop the charges when he pays me milllllions of dollars. f him. he's in public, hes a public figure. get over it or stay home

If he didn't want pictures of himself going about his daily life available to the public, he probably wouldn't have posted 700+ selfies on his PUBLIC instagram feed... Just saying

I thought it was supposed to be some sort of super nice kid... guess not anymore.

Starting to feel sorry for the kid. Seems to have serious psychological issues that are on,y gonna get worse. Also, I'd get a good lawyer and sue him for that crap.

He is one seriously confused little bitch ! Wouldn't waste a pixel on him.

Why didn't the photographer call the cops or file a report? Also, how long will it be before Petapixel steals this story? ;)

Zach Sutton's picture

"Thanks for the tip, Mansgame"

;-)

Looks like 14 hours... ;)

"Hey mr. police? I harrassed and stalked this popstar for the last years, and now he's pissed off! Please help" Nah...

Bieber has done this to other paparazzi as well...and if this particular paparazzi has been "stalking" Bieber for years...why didn't Bieber just say something, Bieber can contact the police over particular people harassing Bieber. It could have been anyone, even a brand new noobie who could have just recently purchased a camera and wanted to get into the paparazzi business...

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