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Justin Bieber

Photog Claimed Singer

Had Been Smoking Weed

1/2/2013 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The photog who was killed taking pics of Justin Bieber's car made a call less than an hour before he died, telling someone he was on a big story -- because he claimed he saw Justin smoking marijuana while driving.

A source connected with the photo agency for whom Chris Guerra did freelance work tells TMZ ... Chris called him at 5:16 Tuesday afternoon.  Chris said, "Man, you won't believe my luck.  It's pretty dead in L.A..  Everybody thinks Justin and Selena are in Mexico, but they're not."

Chris -- who worked exclusively on the Bieber detail -- said he had spotted Justin's car earlier in the day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and also saw Selena Gomez's car there.

Chris went on ... claiming he saw Justin earlier in the day smoking what he believed was marijuana from a pipe while driving the Ferrari.

Our source says Chris told him he was following Justin back to the Four Seasons and was continuing to pursue what he believed was a big story.

The source says after 20 minutes, Chris abruptly said the Ferrari was pulling out of the hotel parking lot and he needed to hang up and follow it.  Apparently he had no idea Justin was NOT in the car.

Our source -- who as we said is connected to the photo agency -- believes Chris was probably "overzealous" at the traffic stop because he believed he was on the cusp of an enormous scoop.

Justin's rep tells TMZ, "It's really sad that people are trying to push a story without the facts so soon after this tragic accident. Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honoring the memory of the victim."

The rep did not directly respond to the marijuana allegation.

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jen    

I agree Rocco. He got caught in his own trap.

471 days ago
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CANDICE_L    

One less pap to worry about.

471 days ago
18.

JFO    

So that "story" was worth his life???

471 days ago
19.

Robin    

Oh dear, this is so sad. NOT. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!

471 days ago
20.

Nikki    

It's so pathetic that he spent the last hours of his life chasing a stoned teenager; he could've been with his family.

471 days ago
21.

speakMYbrain    

HE BECAME THE BIG STORY! LMFAO!

471 days ago
22.

KicksandGiggles    

You people slamming and being cruel about the paparazzi are a bunch of hypocrites because you are the first to look at the celeb pictures they get. A man lost his life doing his job. Have some compassion.

471 days ago
23.

Catrina     

Told you it WAS a TMZ guy...

471 days ago
24.

macko    

Marshmellowoman...on what planet are your living? You really think Justin B and Kim K are fading into irrelevance? Maybe if you keep wishing for that to happen it will, but from the real world perspective(and I am not saying it is a good or bad thing) they are gonna be part of zitegeist for the foreseeable future.

471 days ago
25.

SDnRnRoll    

Now TMZ adds a marijuana allegation that cant be refuted. This site is complete ****e,wont be back for awhile.

471 days ago
26.

Marilyn    

Bieber is the Devil's child!

471 days ago
27.

SDnRnRoll    

Sheet.

471 days ago
28.

marymac    

The photog's death is fault of cops for telling him to unsafely cross street back to car, hope his family sues the hell out of LAPD or whomever.

And no doubt lil jackazz beebs was smoking weed, look who he hangs out with & I don't mean Selena. Lil jackazz is cursed with a dead man's blood now

471 days ago
29.

Legend    

Who cares if Beibs was smoking pot? What's the big deal, he is a teenager and that's what they do. What I find more pathetic is the older people doing it as if it's supposed to make them young again when in reality it just makes them look stupid.

471 days ago
30.

Tmzfan    

Another sad thing about all of this is that the paps will be out full force trying to catch the weed shot themselves now.

471 days ago
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