But the 6 foot tall man who threw Bieber to the ground is claiming that the scuffle is now affecting his everyday life. Richmond claims that he has lost his job, been forced off social media, and found himself on the receiving end of abuse from Bieber fans – all for protecting himself and the women he was with.
Richmond was a maintenance worker at a college in downtown Cleveland, but after the brawl with the Biebs, he was fired, telling the Daily Mail, “It’s not going well for me right now.”
Richmond, who is speaking out for the first time since the fight, says he asked for an autograph for one of the women he was with and Bieber struck him with a right hook. He revealed, “The autograph wasn’t even for me – I respect his professionalism but I’ve never been a fan. He seemed to be in one of those ‘I don’t want to sign autograph’ phases. He was all ‘Get out of my face.’”
As for the punches thrown by the Biebs, Richmond says, “He didn’t connect. I’m pretty good at ducking punches. I asked him: ‘What are you doing? They only wanted an autograph. Don’t be so disrespectful.”‘
The only way Richmond feels the issue will be resolved is “to sit down with him man-to-man, talk about some resolution and shake his hand.”
It’s still unclear whether Richmond will take Biebs to court.