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Bieber Bieber causes stir on Kauai’s South Shore

Florida man, reportedly pop star’s guard, arrested for assault

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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 1:30 am

LIHUE — A pair of Kauai residents claim they watched one of Justin Bieber’s security guards assault a man trying to take pictures of the 19-year-old celebrity Wednesday at Shipwreck’s Beach in Poipu.

“I went there to see if I could get a better look at Justin Bieber and his security choked out one of the picture guys,” said Koloa resident Levi Lancaster. “It wasn’t just some random guy. It was for sure Justin Bieber’s security.”

The allegations come just days after an Argentine photographer accused Bieber’s guards of assaulting him outside a nightclub, as reported by Reuters.

The incident on Kauai occurred around 4 p.m., shortly after a crowd gathered to watch Bieber jump from the bluff on the east end of Shipwreck’s, according to a second eyewitness who asked to remain anonymous.

“Bieber verbally said to go get that guy and get his memory card,” the witness said. “He just sent his security to do his dirty work.”

A photo and video posted on the Canadian pop star’s Twitter account Thursday show him leaping from the famous cliff ledge on Kauai’s South Shore, while bystanders snap photos.

County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said Kauai police responded to the parking lot of Shipwreck’s Beach shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday to investigate a reported assault.

Florida resident Dwayne Patterson, 32, was arrested at the scene for third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage, according to Blane.

“According to a preliminary investigation, a 29-year-old Hanalei man had been taking unsolicited photos of the group that Patterson was with at the time,” she wrote in an email. “Mr. Patterson reportedly approached the 29-year-old and requested that he delete the photos. Upon refusing to do so, Patterson reportedly assaulted the Hanalei man and damaged his camera.”

Patterson was released after posting $3,000 bail, she said.

Lancaster said he watched the photographer sprint from the beach to the parking lot while two security guards — which he described as African American — chased him. When the two guards caught up to the man at his car, Patterson — who Lancaster identified by his mug shot — “put the man in a headlock and lifted him off the ground until he dropped his camera and keys,” he said.

“He was really calling for help,” Lancaster said of the victim.

Most disturbing, Lancaster said, was that the Canadian musician screamed at the security guard to make sure he got the man’s camera.

“There was no remorse,” he said. “How can you go out to Shipwreck’s and not expect people to take pictures?”

As soon as people nearby began to pull out camera phones to record the incident, the guard let go of the unidentified victim, according to the anonymous witness.

“It was so sad,” Lancaster said. “There was a better way to handle that. It was just a trip, man. It was unreal.”

Bieber reportedly left the island Thursday. His publicist Melissa Victor did not return requests for comment.

The Hanalei victim reported no injuries and refused medical attention. The incident remains under police investigation.

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  • notahippi posted at 7:11 pm on Thu, Mar 20, 2014.

    notahippi Posts: 531

    Stay away from the west side too

  • Speyer posted at 3:57 am on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    Speyer Posts: 2

    Most celebs prefer to lay low, blend in and enjoy the simple joys of the island.
    Come back in 20 years after you mellow out some.

  • bellachefa posted at 7:13 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    bellachefa Posts: 72

    Couldn't we just toss him and Miley into the volcano and let Pele decide?

  • Rocky posted at 6:36 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Rocky Posts: 14

    These comments are almost as good as the story is bad...

  • ChumpChangeChuckie posted at 6:26 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    ChumpChangeChuckie Posts: 119

    By the way, they now sell a Justine Bieber substitute at Costco...it's called raw chicken.

  • ChumpChangeChuckie posted at 6:04 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    ChumpChangeChuckie Posts: 119

    Beiber is a product of promotion and advertising. There is only a bare minimum of talent in this young man that is far outweighed by ego, brashness, and way too much money. No wonder they throw stuff at him in other countries when he steps on stage.

  • manongindashadow posted at 11:48 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    manongindashadow Posts: 337

    Was the victm a plant that Mr. Beiber hand pick out of the growd? Something smells fishy.

  • Kinohimauloa posted at 9:53 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Kinohimauloa Posts: 14

    Beiber has become a gangsta punk instead of a young man whose image is one to immolate. People need to just stop paying any attention to him and maybe he will get the message. No paparazzi, no fans following him, no one buying his music or going to his concerts he will just be another punk!

  • realitychick posted at 9:10 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    realitychick Posts: 260

    And do YOU even know who you are??????

  • realitychick posted at 9:01 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    realitychick Posts: 260

    HEY BIEBER -- Do NOT visit the northshore. Your vibe & tribe are not appreciated here. We know who you are...

  • kalena posted at 6:26 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    kalena Posts: 31

    Wow unreal how some folks think they can act because of $$$'s SHAME, shame, shame!!

  • Jassbrown posted at 5:55 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Jassbrown Posts: 161

    I hope he never returns as we don't need thay kind of violence.

  • outofhere posted at 5:31 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    outofhere Posts: 657

    Bieber is a little pipsqueak...definitely a short flash in the pan!

  • kauaiisfun posted at 5:12 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    kauaiisfun Posts: 107

    Celebrities.....They think they are God.

  • smvsse posted at 1:56 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    smvsse Posts: 30

    Keep away! you!!!!

  • smvsse posted at 1:56 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    smvsse Posts: 30

    Justin Bieber, Dwayne Patterson... Allyall go back to the ugly place you come from and stay off our Island!


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