bodyguard charged with snatching camera at Georgia arcade
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[February 27, 2014]
By David Beasley
— One of pop singer Justin
Bieber's bodyguards has been arrested and charged with stealing a
photographer's $10,000 camera outside an arcade in an Atlanta
suburb, police said on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old guard, Hugo Hesny, was outside a children's
play center and party business called the Funhouse late on
Tuesday when he warned a photographer that he was too close to
the teenage entertainer, the Sandy Springs Police Department
said in a statement.
"A confrontation ensued and the photographer attempted to leave
the location, but at some point, the security guard caught up
and took the camera," the police statement said.
The incident was the latest in a string of legal problems
involving 19-year-old Bieber, who last month was charged with
driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an
expired license after Miami Beach police say they caught him
drag racing. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Local authorities on Wednesday released to the media several
hours of video surveillance footage of Bieber while he was in
police custody, but clips of him giving a urine sample were
withheld for review by a judge.
In the latest run-in with law enforcement, Bieber's guard put
the camera into a Cadillac Escalade, which police said they
stopped as its driver entered a house in the area rented by the
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The guard and the driver were arrested and charged with
felony theft, but charges were later dropped against the driver
after it was determined he did not know about the camera
snatching, police said.
Hesny admitted to police that he took the camera but said he only
meant to delete pictures from it, not keep it, according to a police
Police said they recovered the camera, as well as a small amount of
marijuana and "small pipes commonly used to smoke marijuana" from
inside the Escalade.
"Due to the small amount, no charges were filed related to the
marijuana," police said.
Bieber, whose private life has taken a tumultuous turn in the past
year, also was charged last month with assaulting a limousine driver
in Toronto in December.
(Additional reporting by David Adams.
Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Sofina Mirza-Reid and Richard Chang)
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