Justin Bieber has filed a $20 million defamation lawsuit against two women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
Singer Justin Bieber performs at the Izod Center on November 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (AFP)
Neither of the women could be reached for comment on Friday. Bieber's representatives on Friday did not respond to requests for comment about the lawsuit.
The lawsuit said the two women were “trying to capitalize on the climate of fear permeating the entertainment industry, Hollywood and corporate America, whereby it is open season for anyone to make any claim (no matter how vile, unsupported, and provably false) about anyone without consequence.”
Hundreds of men in entertainment, business, sports and politics have been accused of sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement became a cultural force in 2017.
Bieber, now 26, was discovered at age 13 and has become one of the world's most popular musicians.
The lawsuit detailed hotel receipts, emails and news reports to assert that Bieber was not staying at the hotel in Austin where Danielle alleged that the 2014 assault had taken place.
It said that Kadi's accusation was false and that she had fabricated her allegation “out of her desire for fame and attention.”