Bieber lawsuit dropped

Justin Bieber’s music does not damage your ears. Whether it damages other areas like the psyche or the will to live remains open to question, but a woman has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging that a Bieber concert caused permanent damage to her hearing.

TMZ reports that Stacey Betts filed papers dropping the suit, which had claimed that the singer deliberately incited high-pitched screaming from fans at the show in 2010. She claimed to have been injured by a "sound blast that exceeded safe decibel levels." She added that the subsequent tinnitus had caused "anxiety, loss of sleep, and depression", which sounds pretty credible for any parent of a Justin Bieber fan.

With one piece of troublesome litigation out the way, the perky popster can move on to the next. A former bodyguard, Moshe Benabou, is suing Bieber, claiming that the singer beat him up.

Benabou is claiming that that Bieber abused him and punched him in the chest after a disagreement about how Bieber’s entourage should be treated. Benabou tried to walk away, the suit alleges, at which point Bieber fired him. Presumably Benabou is looking for a considerable sum to make up for the limited job opportunities available to a bodyguard who has been beaten up by Justin Bieber.

In a tempestuous start to 2013 for the singer, that has included the death of a paparazzo pursuing his car, Bieber has also seen his mother produce a pro-life short film. Patti Mallette’s film will be shown at pregnancy centres. She hoped it would "encourage young women all over the world, just like me, to let them know that there is a place to go, people who will take care of you and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn." The pro-life, aka anti abortion, cause is close to Bieber’s heart. He has said in the past that abortion is "like killing a baby".

Didn’t there used to be a time when pop stars were heroes of the liberal counterculture rather than dim, compliant tools of conservatism? Seems so long ago.

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