Last week, Justin Bieber took a physical beating in a photo shoot for the cover of Complex (see left).
This week, he seems to be headed for another brutal beatdown, although this one is more likely to play out in a courtroom than a boxing ring.
An elderly Texas couple is coming out swinging at the 18-year-old phenom after a Twitter prank had thousands of his loyal Beliebers ringing their home phone around the clock.
The new, more mature Justin Bieber showed he still had a mischievous streak earlier this month when he sent a tweet to his 19 million followers containing what appeared to be his personal phone number and the words “Call me right now.” The sneaky part? He skipped the last digit, leaving fans to guess at the missing number.
As it turns out, one of the most popular guesses was the number of an 81-year-old great-grandmother from Dallas named Dilcie Fleming and her housemate Kent, who received a deluge of calls for days on end from Bieber’s notoriously rabid fan base – so many that Fleming was forced to change her answering machine to, “This is not Justin Bieber’s phone number. Please do not call again. Thank you.”
The tweet in question was deleted, but Fleming says calls continue to pour in around the clock at a rate of 1,000 per day. With neither her answering machine message nor common sense seeming to curb the phone calls, Fleming was forced to hire a lawyer, who is now seeking compensation from Bieber for his “reckless” behavior.
The lawyer shared a few ideas with TMZ about what Bieber could do to remedy the situation, with suggestions including, but certainly not limited to, giving concert tickets to Ms. Fleming’s grandchildren, making a public apology, giving an endorsement for Kent’s upcoming online project and … you guessed it … giving them money.
Considering the fact that Bieber’s birthday present to himself was a new $6 million mansion, that last point probably won’t be an issue.
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