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Justin Bieber deposition video: Will bratty behaviour further hurt his career?

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Justin Bieber's bad-boy antics, brushes with the law and regular displays of bratty behaviour increasingly overshadow his musical career, with excerpts from a new deposition video once again marring the Canadian pop singer's reputation.

There have been countless instances underlining the fact that Bieber and the paparazzi don't have the greatest relationship, with scuffles taking place from the U.S. to England.

In a recent deposition video for an ongoing paparazzi lawsuit, the singer petulantly showcases the disdain he's developed: winking at the court video camera and using it to adjust his collar, blatant eyebrow raises and knowing smirks amid delivering smug retorts and angry finger-wagging at the opposing lawyer's inquiry about former flame Selena Gomez (who had purportedly been present at paparazzi incidents while the pair were dating).

Celebrity gossip site TMZ obtained the video and released excerpts, including the attached segments.

"Would you please look at the film that is up there?" asks the opposing lawyer in one section, before screening footage of an incident concerning Bieber's security staff and photographers.

"This is a film? This is a film?" the singer asks repeatedly.

"Would you please watch the television?" the lawyer urges.

"You said this is a film," Bieber declares.

During another segment:

"Do you know Raymond Usher IV?"


"Do you know an entertainer by the name of Usher?"

"Yeah. Usher. Yeah, that sounds familiar."

"Isn't it true that Usher was instrumental in starting your career?" [...]

"I was found on YouTube. I think that I was detrimental to my own career..." Bieber says, trailing off.

"He said 'I think that I was instrumental to my own career,'" Bieber's lawyer corrects.

Diehard Beliebers still stand in the Stratford, Ont. singer's corner, despite his arrests and the variety of charges against him, from DUI in Miami to assault in Toronto. Still, his once-dominant career seems to have taken a hit in the past year, from a poor showing for his last album Journals to the meagre box office results for his last film Believe.

Will Bieber's ongoing fall from grace ultimately be the death knell to the now 20-year-old's stratospheric success or can he take a page from other former child/teen stars who've managed to weather the difficult transition to an adult career?

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