A Miami-Dade County judge is considering whether to release police videos made shortly after pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami last month.
At a hearing on Thursday, several media outlets, including The Associated Press, the Miami Herald and CNN, argued there is no legal basis under Florida's open record laws to withhold 10 hours of footage taken at a Miami Beach police station after Bieber was arrested on Jan. 23, according to NBC Miami. The singer's attorney's asked the judge not to release the videos until they can review them for potentially inappropriate material.
"While in custody at the Miami Beach police station, the defendant was captured on videotape in various states of undress which show intimate personal parts of the defendant's body," the motion filed by Bieber's attorney's states.
But a lawyer representing the media countered in a motion that Florida courts "reject the notion that simply alleging embarrassment alone is sufficient grounds to trump Public Records Act disclosure mandates."
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Earlier this month, authorities released surveillance video of Bieber removing his shoes, socks and black hoodie before he's patted down by an officer at the station. Bieber, 19, was arrested with three misdemeanor charges of DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license. He has pleaded not guilty to the three charges.
Police said Bieber cursed repeatedly at a police officer after the 4:09 a.m. traffic stop and acknowledged smoking marijuana, drinking and taking an unknown prescription medication. A toxicology report released by the State Attorney's office revealed Bieber tested positive for marijuana and Xanax and had a small amount of alcohol in his system.
A judge will review the videos and make a ruling about their release at a hearing on March 4. The trial, which was to begin on March 3, will be re-scheduled.
First published February 20 2014, 12:11 PM
Maria Elena Fernandez
Maria Elena Fernandez is the Los Angeles entertainment correspondent. She started this role in May 2013. Fernandez is responsible for covering televsion, film, music, pop culture, and celebrity justice for NBCNews.com and Today.com. Fernandez reports to entertainment editor Courtney Hazlett.
She previously worked at The Daily Beast and Newsweek. Before that, Fernandez was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times for 12 years. She also spent many years on the crime beat as a staff writer at The Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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