March 5, 2014


Justin Bieber's Private Parts Will Be Censored From Jail Footage

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Prince Williams/FilmMagic

UPDATE: After spending two weeks reviewing footage of Justin Bieber urinating into a cup behind bars, a Florida judged ruled that video of Bieber's private parts will stay private from the media.

"Mr. Bieber's right to privacy is paramount," Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said. "He has not lost his right to privacy, and that is what is important here."

That means two videos that show Bieber's penis will be released to the public as per Florida's open records policy, but the Canadian pop star's genitalia will be blacked out. No word on how sizable that black bar will be.

Disappointed Beliebers can at least enjoy this footage of him attempting to walk in a straight sober line

Original 2/21 Story: Thanks to Florida's open records policy, footage of Justin Bieber's penis may soon become a matter of public record.

During Bieber's arrest on January 23, Miami Beach police captured nearly 10 hours of video documenting his processing, including footage of the 19-year-old pop star urinating into a cup for his drug test.

As per Florida's laws, filming an arrest and making the footage public is standard procedure. But Bieber's attorneys are kinda pissed that video of his private parts might become available to anyone.

"There's no reason the why the media should make a spectacle of that event," said one of his attorneys. One possible compromise is to release the footage with Bieber's private parts censored, but his lawyers found that option "insulting" as well.

An attorney for the AP, however, argued that "the right of privacy cannot trump the right of access to public records" and insisted, "My clients have no interest in showing Mr. Bieber's private parts."

While the AP probably wouldn't exploit that footage, releasing it uncensored would mean other outlets could pursue the footage and "make a spectacle" of it, just like JB's lawyers say.

Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield is currently reviewing the 10-hour video to decide if segments of it—including the part where JB urinates into a cup—should be removed or censored.

So yes, this guy is getting paid to look at something legions of Beliebers can only dream about.