Justin Bieber's attorney had some pretty strong words for reporters at a Miami, Florida, courthouse Tuesday after a judge set a trial date of May 5 in the 20-year-old pop star's DUI case.
"We love it when people start becoming successful, but once they actually are highly successful, we do almost everything we can to destroy their lives," Roy Black told reporters. "And Justin Bieber’s case is just one of many. He has absolutely no privacy. He is harassed by photographers or paparazzi -- whatever you want to call them -- at every turn."
Bieber was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an invalid driver's license in January after police said they caught him drag racing his yellow Lamborghini down the streets of Miami. The singer, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, wasn't present for Tuesday's hearing.
Bieber is also being sued by a photographer who claims one of Bieber's bodyguards beat him up as he tried to take photos. Bieber attended a deposition related to that case last week in Miami. Clips from the deposition were released Monday by TMZ and show Bieber getting pretty testy before eventually taking off his mic and walking out.
Tuesday, Black was specifically asked whether he wanted to comment on the videotape when he launched into a nearly three-minute-long condemnation of all those whom he accused of targeting Bieber.
"His management team has to hire bodyguards to protect him because he is virtually assaulted wherever he goes," Black told reporters. "And then when they push or try to get their way through the mob scene or people trying to provoke him and screaming at him and doing everything they can to make his life miserable -- if in fact one of the bodyguards happens to touch somebody who gets too close and is threatening, the paparazzi then turns around and files a lawsuit for $7 million against Justin because Justin’s the person who has the deep pockets."
Black then called last week's deposition a "shill for TMZ," implying that Bieber was asked pointed questions about his mentor Usher and ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez so the video could be sold.
"This kid who did nothing except try and become a success in music has turned his life, at times, into a nightmare," Black said. "And you wonder why he sometimes fights back against it?"
The prosecution told the judge that no offer had been made to Bieber relating to his DUI case, which is set to go to trial at 9 a.m. ET on May 5. The judge said a hearing will automatically be put on the calendar for 10 days prior to the trial date. That hearing will give the parties a chance to report about whether they're ready for trial.