On Wednesday night, global pop star Justin Bieber accidentally struck a photographer with his truck as he was driving away from an event. The 57-year-old was taken to a local hospital and no citations were issued. Now that man has been identified as Maurice Lamont and he’s opening up about the incident from the hospital.
“Hour before my birthday hits, I get ran over by Justin Bieber,” Lamont said in an Instagram video posted Thursday. “Isn’t that something? He’s a good kid, though. I think the truck was a little bit too big for him, though, because there’s no way he could see over the front — it was the slope it was on. But like I said, he got out, he was compassionate, he’s a good kid, accidents happen.”
Lamont, who goes by the moniker Shotgetter, was getting ready for X-rays when he recorded the message. Near the end of the video, he adds: “Hopefully everything works out here.”
Bieber struck Lamont while leaving a church service near the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Police have said the incident appeared to be unintentional as the singer was attempting to flee from a group of paparazzi.
The accident comes shortly after Bieber cancelled the remainder of his Purpose world tour – a decision many other artists, such as John Mayer, have supported – with one inside source telling PEOPLE it was because he was “super exhausted.”