Remember the six-foot tall man who threw Justin Bieber to the ground in late-nightht fight outside a nightclub? Lamont Richmond, 37, claims that he has been targeted by Bieber fans and lost his job because his employer did not want bad publicity, according to a MailOnline report.
Last week, 9 June, TMZ released a video footage of a huge fist fight between Bieber and Richmond in Cleveland. Even though Bieber made the first swing, the six-foot tall Cleveland man hit Bieber back and the Canadian singer fell to the floor.
The 37-year-old told the Daily Mail that he asked for an autograph for one of the women he was with and Bieber swung for him. "The autograph wasn't even for me – I respect his professionalism but I've never been a fan," says Richmond.
"He seemed to be in one of those, 'I don't want to sign autograph' phases. He was all "Get out of my face."
"I wasn't trying to hurt anyone," he said. "I wasn't trying to get arrested. Any man would do what I did because he showed such disrespect," Richmond continued.
"I asked him: 'What are you doing? They only wanted an autograph. Don't be so disrespectful.'"
After the fight happened, the 37-year-old's employer saw the video that went viral on the internet within hours. Richmond was then fired from his job, which he had held for two years as they did not want adverse publicity. "I don't know what to do. It wasn't me that started it, but Justin Bieber still has work. He can feed his family, I can't. Next stop for me is McDonald's or Wendy's. I have to eat."
Then the abuse – even including death threats – started from the Beliber fans. "I had no idea they were so powerful. I started getting emails, phone calls, Facebook, Instagram messages, everything. I was overwhelmed, Facebook said no more."
Richmond deactivated his social media, including Facebook and Instagram, in hopes of ending the abuse. However, it still kept coming with people calling him and even showing up at his house in Cleveland.
"The only thing I wish I had done differently is just keep on walking, none of this would have happened," he said.
A day after the fight, Bieber posted a black and white photo of himself on Instagram, captioned (now deleted): "Not a scratch on this pretty boy."