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Justin Bieber

Photog Killed

After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari

1/2/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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7:30AM PST:
Justin released a statement, saying ... "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

8:40PM PST
Justin Bieber was not in the Ferrari ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.  We're told one of Justin's friends was driving and another friend was in the passenger seat.

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A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber's Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening -- although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari ... TMZ has learned.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber's white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 ... near the Getty Center in LA.   The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd.

According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time.

We're told a paparazzo -- who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over -- attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop.

The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road.  When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed.

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Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.

LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.

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481 COMMENTS

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tamara    

Anyone know how much they make for celeb pics? Always wondered.

557 days ago
242.

biebzprincess 94    

@QueenB **** YOU!

557 days ago
243.

VICTOR    

A dead paparazzi is a good paparazzi. This is a happy day for all the celebs that are being terrorized by these stalkers.

557 days ago
244.

Teach172    

He's a piece of CRAP - HE and Kim should be together - one big pile of S$%T!

557 days ago
245.

Teach172    

He's a piece of CRAP! He a Kim should be together - one big pile of S$%T!

557 days ago
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dicktracy    

Don't blame the photog. He wasn't doing anything illegal. He wasn't responsible for the Police stop.
WORSE it was the COP that told him to go back to his car. the Cop apparently didn't care if it was safe to do so. So he obeys the cop command and wham!
gets hit and killed. Blame the COP{

557 days ago
247.

ChaosChord    

good serves him right, the media has no leash what so ever and these tabloids get out of hand

557 days ago
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dicktracy    

Don't blame the photog. he didn't cause the police pull over. And it was the COP who ORDERED him to return across Sepulveda to his car! But didn't see fit to make sure it was safe. The COP is negligent and should be sued by the Photogs heirs

557 days ago
249.

Poopsi47    

Maybe they will backoff now

557 days ago
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AlanJames22    

Cooper. I see what you mean... Eric`s bl0g is amazing, on sunday I got themselves a Land Rover Defender after earning $4039 this past four weeks and even more than 10 grand last month. this is definitely my favourite work I've ever done. I actually started nine months/ago and almost straight away was earning over $81, per-hour. I follow the details here, www.FLY38.com

557 days ago
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Leo    

Everybody want to be famous and rich. Before they reach the goal, they want their picture taken and be recognized by everyone. When they reach their goal, they hate and talk bad about people that "helped" to make it happen. I remember Kim Kardashian asking some paparazzi to help her to get famous. She used Pari******on to make it. How many celebrities make deal with photographers for publicity and money? Why they don't want to give pictures after? They don't want paparazzi to make money? Paparazzi will exist as long as celebrity exist. Live with that fact and stop this bull**** that paparazzi are bad. They are bad because they put celebrities in jail, rehab and get them cheating. I see many times celebrities getting pulled over and not getting a ticket. There are bad and good photographers and there are bad and good celebrities. Many are bad with their fan also.

557 days ago
252.

Ben    

Speeding ! Bieber or Not when are they gonna take Licensees and Plates from the Hollywood elite offenders.

557 days ago
253.

averybieber    

thank god he is not going to be charged

557 days ago
254.

ashlea    

love one another as i have loved you....spread love rip CHris....

557 days ago
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JennieOPP19    

Ambition is costly, he wanted that story so bad that he was willing to risk his life to break it...So lets direct the blame accordingly, everyone has family, he didn't factor that in when he crossed a freeway! Don't sugar coat it because he has a family, because he was a "good" guy, he did something stupid.

557 days ago
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