Justin Bieber was placed in a chokehold & kicked out of Coachella

This is TMZ video footage of Justin Bieber being placed in a chokehold by Coachella security on Sunday night. Such drama! I’m not cheering for anyone being placed into such a compromising position, but considering how Bieber choked Chris Brown for funsies last year, he had it coming. And no one got hurt here. The purpose of the chokehold was to reel in a tantruming Swaggy. He was demanding special treatment at Drake’s show. Swaggy tried to walk into the artist’s entrance, and security stopped him because the area was already full. Instead of acting like a calm and rational human being (which he claims to be), Bieber argued with security. A sympathetic Coachella employee started to let Bieber have his way, and security didn’t like it one bit. Hence the chokehold, and Swaggy quickly found himself ejected from the festival.

Bieber and his entourage walked to the artist’s entrance where Drake was performing, when they were stopped by security and told the area was at capacity and they couldn’t come in. Bieber and his crew showed security they had the proper wristbands to gain entry.

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ, Bieber argued with security, saying there was no way he could stand in a big crowd because he’d get bombarded by fans. Security wasn’t having it and told him to leave.

We’re told Bieber persisted and said he was personally invited by Drake and had been waiting all weekend to see him perform. Bieber didn’t stand down and security was pissed.

At that point a Coachella staffer came up to Bieber and said she would escort him inside the artist’s area. She grabbed Bieber by the arm and began walking him and his security team inside, when Coachella security came up from behind and put Bieber in a chokehold.

We’re told Bieber’s team got into it with security and the singer was then ordered to leave the festival.

Sources close to Bieber say he voluntarily left, and they’re considering taking legal action against the security guards.

[From TMZ]

Bieber is threatening to sue, although I’m not sure what damages he could possibly claim. This post-chokehold whining is pretty rich coming from a guy whose security regularly beats people up inside of clubs to defend his honor. Bieber didn’t get exactly what he wanted at Drake’s gig, so he’s pitching a toddler fit. Go sit down in the corner, young man.

Oh, and people are making a huge deal out of how Selena Gomez “liked” one of Swaggy’s Instagram posts. So there may be another reunion soon. Here are pics of Swaggy leaving Coachella on Friday night with Kylie Jenner’s bad hair extensions.

Justin Bieber

Kylie Jenner

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News, Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. meme says:


  2. Lucy says:


    • Mia V. says:

      He’s an idiot and his fans are bigger idiots. Guy has no respect for anyone or anything. #TeamSecurity

  3. Maum says:

    May I be the first to say…


  4. merski says:

    Granted, I don’t know what really happende there, but this might be the one and only time in my life I’m siding with JB because security at festivals can be such irrational, brutal aholes sometimes… I mean go ahead, eject him from the area all you want if he’s being a douche, but a chokehold? Seriously?

    • LB says:

      He apparently started throwing water at the Coachella employees. That’s why security had to drag him away unwind fore it turned into a big fight.

  5. taterho says:

    speaking of Dopey the Dick…

  6. Kitten says:

    I have a feeling the Coachella Security took a special kind of delight in putting this chump in a chokehold.

    This kid will never f*cking change–he’s like the male version of Blohan.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Didn’t he JUST attempt to sway the public in his favor saying how much he’s grown up now and all his antics were in the past because he was just a kid? What.Ever!

      P.S. What’s up with the shirt dress and hightop pinky shoes? And, correct me if I’m wrong, but is that a Hello Kitty phone case in his hand? OMG.

      • Tessy says:

        I know, right? That dress over pants look always was a major faux pas. Even with pink hi-tops.

    • littlestar says:

      Totally. Did you see his Roast? It was basically an attempt to make himself look good, yet when he was pleading with the audience that he has changed and to give him a chance, his body language was as arrogant as ever.

    • Kitten says:

      Yes and yes to both of you.

      I remember most of us here saying that it was all in a PR-driven attempt to overhaul his image. Sadly (or not-so-sadly depending on how you look at it) it was all for naught.
      And yeah, the knitted eyebrows are so f*cking douchetastic.

  7. jane16 says:

    Great story to brighten up the morning! There have been so many stories over the years of Beebers security roughing up people, demanding or snatching peoples cameras away, I remember once when they threatened a young woman who took his picture on a public beach, fcs, like he has a royal right to privacy on a public beach! Serves the obnoxious little beast right. Oh, and I notice how tmz makes it sound like the security guys were in the wrong here, and Beebs is the injured party, just like they do with anything to do with the Kartrash, always whitewashing them, always making them the victim. I hope we get to hear what happened from the Coachella Fest people, cuz I sure don’t trust tmz.

  8. embertine says:

    I would donate significant funds to the charity of the Celebitchy team’s choice for the chance to choke out the Biebs.

    • Lucy2 says:

      If that were a real thing people could pay into, we could probably raise a couple hundred million bucks.

  9. Judyk says:

    What a creepy, mousey-looking punk wannabe.

  10. Amy says:

    Claps slowly.

    Even in a ball of douchebags the Cinderella douchebag always finds a way to shine.

    Also Selena: move the f on. He’s something-something with Kendall Jenner now. Do not pass go. Do not write a sequel to, “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”. Do not collect Baby Douche in his nappy.

    • Serenity says:

      I clap slowly for your entire comment. From beginning to end, it had me in giggles.

  11. MP says:

    Why do I suddenly hear Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in my head?

  12. ann says:

    Security should have taken him out for wearing pink sneakers

  13. Kiddo says:

    NO ONE should be placed in a chokehold. That video is blocked so I can’t see it, but if this was indeed a ‘chokehold’, it’s way too easy to cause death. I don’t like Bieber, but I wouldn’t relish if he had been killed. It was easy enough for his own body guards to pick him up and move him like a toddler. No need for some untrained ‘security’ muscle to risk really harming someone with this move.

    • Esmom says:

      Preach. I am no fan of Bieber but the mere mention of the word chokehold sends off alarm bells for me. And far be it for me to defend him but it sounds like he was leaving willingly and that extreme measures weren’t even warranted to eject him.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I agree with you Kiddo. There has to be some other way of restraining people without such a risky move that can cause serious injury or death. I can’t stand the little asshat but I think that security dude was overzealous and acted in anger.

    • Tifygodess says:

      Well Maybe now he was given a taste of his own medicine Beiber will stop allowing his security guards to beat up on people as well. What they did to Beiber is no different then what his guards have been doing to others for years – with his knowledge.

      I don’t wish ill will on anyone but you can’t walk around treating people like sh*t then expect others to be upset when it’s done to you. I’m tired of celebrities acting like total ass hats

    • Katija says:

      Yeah, the reactions here are kinda horrifying to me. Choke holds are dangerous. Furthermore, if Bieber was just ARGUING… you don’t need to respond with violence if the person isn’t being violent themselves. They could just keep arguing and call the police to intervene. There are TONS of cops walking around Coachella.

      Sorry, but my reaction is not “YASSSSSSSS.” This is some meathead who wanted to be the one to choke out Bieber because of his own preconceived notions.

      Bieber might be a douche, but honestly, I believe that he believed he was invited. Being blocked when you’re under the impression that you’re on the list warrants you putting up a stink.

  14. Cindy says:

    Serious question- are there any celebrities hated more at this point? I know its been said before, but he is a real life version of Joffrey Lannister. Sad thing is, even though I don’t think a chokehold is a great idea, beiber has exhausted his sympathy resources with such bad behavior for so long now, that I don’t think he can “redeem” himself. I hope he took good care of his money, because can you imagine him having to work like a normal person?

    • Josefa says:

      Joffrey was entertaining to follow at least. This guy is just exhausting and annoying. This guy is literally more hated than some dictators.

  15. Pegasus says:

    Those pink shoes are straight up thug, yo.

  16. Giddy says:

    *snort-giggle*… Sigh with happiness. Baby Douche is not aging well.

  17. Zee says:

    This feels off to me. I generally despise the Biebs but he has a point – he can’t stand in the big crowd. But then, of course, he should have gotten to the show early enough before the artist area filled up. Like a child, he doesn’t seem to understand that. Typical.

    What feels off to me is the Coachella staffer coming to let him in and THEN the security putting him in a chokehold. Seems…extreme and out of place.

    • pleaseicu says:

      Bystanders in the area were tweeting as it happened. The version from TMZ is sanitized for Beiber’s PR protection by Scooter Braun apparently.

      The tweets from that night said the area he was trying to get into was at capacity. He wanted to get in with his entire entourage. He started throwing water at a female security employee. That’s when he was ejected.

      Given that the Jenner girls were there and part of Beiber’s entourage, if this really happened the way Beiber said it did, they’d be calling for a riot for police brutality or something on Twitter. Those girls live for drama and attention. Instead, on the video, they seem to be trying to hide as much as possible from any cameras as they’re following Beiber/security out of the area.

      • Zee says:

        That makes more sense. Horrible behavior from an overgrown child. Still think a chokehold is extreme but if he was embarrassing the Jenner girls then he clearly deserved to get thrown out.

  18. oneshot says:

    Anyone willing to join me for a ringside view of this? I have popcorn.

  19. Mixtape says:

    I’m dying at Kylie’s vain attempt to shield her identity when she already posted 5,000 pictures of herself with that teal hair and Kreuger nails so all the baseball caps and ponchos in the world weren’t going to help her out.

  20. TOPgirl says:

    No matter how annoying this kid is….wrong is wrong. He should really sue.

  21. FLORC says:

    He’s a child. He gave a good speech at his roast. I had to watch it on dvr and in sections. Only good jokes were from comedian to other comedians. The rest was super racist or about Biebs and not funny.

    Anyways he gave a speech about growing up in fame and how you just aren’t prepared for it. I actually thought there was a turning point. Wow so wrong! He’s a brat and likely always will be until he’s Vanilla Ice or Leif Garrett rock bottom.

    As far as the festival employee they were wrong. Capacity limits are set for reasons. Here and there I get called in for festivals. You always confirm with a radio and superiors if bending a rule like capacity can be over turned. You don’t let it slide for a group like Justin and his group because they ask.

    • littlestar says:

      I saw the Roast and thought a lot of it was very funny (did not like Snoop Dog’s bit though ugh), but what I got from Bieber’s body language is that he was very uncomfortable throughout most of the roast and that his pleading/speech at the end was just an attempt to fool us into thinking he has changed (actions speak louder than words, what had he really done up to that point to show us he has changed?). He just seemed arrogant as always to me.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I did not watch the roast, I’m not interested in him, but whatever speech he gave was scripted and if the whole point of the roast was to rehab his image, I’m sure it was an appealing speech. His behavior has been obnoxious in the past, it’s hard to imagine this current scuffle isn’t entirely his own doing.

  22. cala says:

    When a Kardashian is hiding her face from photographs while they are with you, you know your reputation is in the tank.

  23. Itsa Reallyme says:

    He looks completely used up and awful. And, what are Kylie Jenner’s parents thinking? Not only is she at Coachella but everyone she chooses to hang out with has a PhD in Douchbaggery.

  24. Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

    Pft. When you consider what bouncers are capable of he got off lightly.

  25. Katrina says:

    Coachella staff, I’m taking you out to lunch.

  26. Bob Loblaw says:

    Baby Biebs needs to lie down and have his nap time, poor widdle thing is all tuckered out and tantrumy.

  27. Anare says:


    The headline alone made me lol.

  28. Scootypuffjr says:

    All I can think when I look at him is, he’d look so much better in a shirt that doesn’t hang down to his knees.

  29. unicorn says:

    What the hell is he wearing???? A dress?? And that hair… good grief….