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Weston Teen’s Lawsuit Against Justin Bieber Enters Third Year in Court

A court case filed in Fort Lauderdale by a Weston mom who spent a bunch of money to have her teenage daughter at a meet-and- greet with Pop star Justin Bieber in 2016 is entering its third year on the dockets. You read right, its third year!

The case, Melissa Matthai vs Bieber, is in a Broward appeals court after Bieber was ordered by the small claims court judge to pay Matthai $5,298.75 for his refusal to show and meet the teen fans. The judgment was a default judgment entered in late 2016 since Bieber and his lawyers didn’t respond to hearings and motions and claimed the singer of “Sorry” wasn’t served properly. That’s the argument the singer is using on appeals, filed in April 2017, in two briefs totaling more than 150 pages.

“There’s no telling how long this is going to go on for,” said Weston attorney Scott Behren, who represents the mother. “The appeals process in Broward kicks a case to a circuit court, and those are busy with their own stuff. It’s not very efficient, which is why a small case like this lasts for this long.” Matthai, 44, sued days after the Fourth of July concert at Miami’s American Airlines Arena in 2016. She alleged breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of the state’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. According to the paperwork, Matthai paid $1,856.35 for her and daughter Gabriela, a student at Cypress Bay High School, to see Bieber’s show. The tickets included floor seats and a meet-and-greet session.

Thing is, the mercurial Bieber decided he wasn’t going to meet with Gabriela or anybody else – and he’s now asked to pay for his capricious behavior. His lawyers did not respond to requests for comments.

Ex-Model Spends Divorce Dough on Bachelorette Mansion 

Former supermodel Elle MacPherson has spent some of the reported $53 million cash she received in her recent divorce from Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort owner Jeffrey Soffer. Miami-Dade County records show MacPherson just plunked down $8.1 million for a mansion in the Journeys End Estates neighborhood of Coral Gables.

The purchase was made through a shell company, Teach Nua 9950 LLC., but the deed mentions the Aussie hottie by name. So, what do you get for that kind of lettuce these days?

Seven bedrooms and six full bathrooms spread over 10,000 square feet of a wide-open floor plan in the middle of 1.7 acres of lush tropical landscapes, a salt water pool, private dock, and a tennis court, among other amenities.

The 54-year-old ex-model was divorced from the developer a year ago and has been spotted in the arms of Andrew Wakefield, 61, a disgraced anti-vaccination movement doctor.

Marc Anthony Drops $19 Million on Classic Home

If, like Marc Anthony, you need to know, the Salsa star and former husband of Jennifer Lopez, has just dropped $19 million on the Coral Gables home of a former Bacardi booze fortune heiress. With 20,000 square feet under A/C, the 49-year-old salsero will have plenty of space to practice his moves. The colonial-style mansion has 12 bedrooms spread on three floors and 100-foot dock. It seems Anthony got the crib for a deal: Hilda Bacardi, great-great-granddaughter of the rum company founder, spent the past eight years overseeing the renovation of the property and wanted $27 million.

By Jose Lambiet

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