Ohio State student Addison Ulhaq has filed a police report involving singer Justin Bieber following an altercation at a Columbus night club.
Following the singer’s performance at Nationwide Arena on July 12, TMZ reports Bieber allegedly spit and threw profanities at Ulhaq in The Social Room bar and lounge.
Attorney Megan Frantz Oldham of Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., who is representing Ulhaq alongside attorney Collin Wise, explains that Ulhaq filed the police report to prevent future incidents with Bieber, according to a press release.
“Based on this incident and others recently reported in the media, it is apparent that Mr. Bieber thinks that he is better than other people, and that he is above the law. Mr. Ulhaq has taken the responsible step of reporting Mr. Bieber’s assault to hopefully prevent Mr. Bieber from engaging in future demeaning and damaging conduct,” Oldham said in the press release.
Wise believes Bieber must be held accountable under the law.
“Regardless of how famous a person is, the law treats all people the same. Mr. Bieber may believe that having bodyguards allows him to abuse another person, but the law of Ohio does not carve out special treatment for celebrities,” Wise said in the release.
The club, located on 527 Park St., was hosting a “Justin Bieber after-party” July 12 following Bieber’s concert that night. The event featured the BELIEVE tour’s official DJ, DJ Tay James, according to The Social Room’s Facebook page. TMZ reports that it was a “21 and up night in the club.”
Bieber is 19 years old.
Ulhaq, a junior in neuroscience and a local DJ, called the WNCI’s (97.9 FM) “Dave & Jimmy” radio show July 16 to recount the incident on air.
Ulhaq told the “Dave & Jimmy” show he was opening and closing for the Bieber’s BELIEVE tour DJ in the V.I.P. room of the club and was accused by Bieber’s security team of taking photos on his cellphone of the singer. Ulhaq was taken to a “back area” while the security team went through his phone to look for any pictures of the singer. No pictures were found, but Bieber confronted Ulhaq seconds later and said a few “choice words and then spit in (Ulhaq’s) face.”
According to TMZ, Ulhaq’s lawyers claim Bieber’s saliva and mucus was in Ulhaq’s eyes, nose and mouth, and Ulhaq got tested for Hepatitis following the altercation. The test came back negative.
Although Ulhaq told TMZ that he plans on filing criminal charges, no criminal charges have been filed at this time and it is unclear if Ulhaq will file a lawsuit.
When asked by the “Dave & Jimmy” show why he believed Bieber acted as he did, Ulhaq thought Bieber was concerned that his photo had been taken at the club.
“It was because of the fact that his bouncers told him I was trying to take pictures of him, and I guess it’s because, you know, he’s a little younger than most club goers. I think maybe he couldn’t have pictures taken of him there,” Ulhaq told the show.
A statement from Bieber’s rep has not been offered, but a source close to Bieber’s camp told TMZ, “Everything’s been going really well on the tour and it’s just really sad that someone would copycat baseless claims just to try and get attention for themselves.”
Jimmy Jam, a host of the “Dave & Jimmy” show, said they had another listener call on July 16, claiming they witnessed Bieber “throwing a fit outside in the alley of the bar” the night of the altercation, saying “I’m Justin Bieber, I can do whatever I want.”
Jam said the radio station has been threatened with boycotts from Bieber fans, coined “Beliebers,” since the airing of the call. He wants to remind listeners that the show only aired the call, and they did not “invent the situation.”
“Considering other things we’ve heard Justin Bieber accused of, nothing really surprises me anymore. But I wasn’t there, I didn’t witness it,” Jam said. “I don’t know (Ulhaq), but again, Justin Bieber has been showing some pretty erratic behavior lately.”
The Social Room and Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.