Is Justin Bieber responsible for the alleged actions of his Twitter followers?
King Kevi thinks so. The rapper is trying to secure a 150-yard restraining order against Bieber, claiming that the 19-year-old star tweeted out Kevi's phone number and encouraged his 40 million followers to get in touch with him.
Which they did—in the form of death threats and other promises of harm, Kevi claims in court documents obtained by E! News.
A judge has denied Kevi's petition for now, instead setting a hearing for July 10 to hear more before making a final ruling.
"I've changed my number, but they still have my address," Kevi exclusively tells E! regarding his attempted legal action. "You don't know how scary these people are. They are die-hard fans. If they think Justin would be happy if I was stabbed, they would do it."
In his petition, Kevi alleges that he is "being harassed" by Bieber and his videographer pal Alfredo Flores, who he is also seeking an order of protection against, because they supposedly knew that calling on the Beliebers to take action would result in an onslaught of social-media activity.
"Justin Bieber and his camp released my number out to over 40,000,000 people and telling people to call it," Kevi, whose real name is Kevin James Pedersen, wrote in his court filing. "This was followed by another tweet from him saying, 'I have never even met this kid Kevi, do you even fact check?' then said 'I'm glad my friends are people I have met before, kinda seems like that would make sense.'
"This caused me to look like a liar," Kevi continued in the filing. "These three tweets turned into a media frenzy."
"Forty million crazy fans from all over the world are saying they want to stab me, come to my house and are giving out my address," Kevi told us, referring to alleged threats he detailed in his petition. "Thankfully, I have a guard at the gate. It doesn't make me feel safe when you have 40 million people against me and all know my number and address."
"[Bieber] is trying to disown me just to protect his image," he added. He also said that he couldn't get a screengrab of the tweets because Bieber deleted them within seconds, but the damage had already been done.
Meanwhile, a source tells E! News that Bieber and Kevi "were never friends. [Kevi] totally made it up, as he has before with other folks."