Justin Beiber has managed to skip two depositions while he had to pay a fine of eleven-thousand-five hundred dollars ($11,500) for one of them which he missed in January because he chose to party in Miami rather than show up for his deposition.
If Beiber expected to get the same freebie with his new case and third deposition, he thought wrong as musician Devin Copeland’s accusation of Beiber and Usher ripping off his song will cost the singer a whooping sum of ten-million dollars ($10M) if he’s found guilty.
Radar reported that Justin’s must-attend deposition for April 29 in Virginia Beach involves him and Usher who are facing a plagiarism suit over hit single “Somebody to Love”.
Copeland earlier filed the suit in 2013 but it was dismissed.
According to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, upon listening to both Justin Beiber’s and Devin Copeland’s versions of the song, an “almost identical rhythm” and a “strikingly similar melody” was found.
The ruling read: “After listening to the Copeland song and the Bieber and Usher songs as wholes, we conclude that their choruses are similar enough and also significant enough that a reasonable jury could find the songs intrinsically similar.”
Copeland revived the case in June 2015 after the federal appeal court ruled that the previously discarded case could move forward.
Justin Beiber will be questioned on everything related to the “Somebody to Love” song as that’s the only way to escape paying Devin the ten-million-dollars ($10M) in damages he’s seeking.