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Justin Bieber

Photog Claimed Singer

Had Been Smoking Weed

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

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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595 days ago

John dell    

What a fool? Should have followed the law and had both hands on the steering wheel while driving a vehicle, thank god he only killed himself and no innocent bystander was killed.

595 days ago


He's hangin' out with Lil Twist. You know he's most likely smoking weed.

595 days ago


Non- story. What a stupid way to die. Chasing a car hope to get a picture of JB smoking pot? What a complete fool.
this guy's death is just part of the natural selection process. Just thinning the herd.

595 days ago


Marijuana kills paps. We should outlaw it.

595 days ago


Who cares if Justin was smoking weed.....most of Hollywood does.

595 days ago

Truth is here    

So iJustin wasn't in the car, he wasn't smoking weed. Your article just fell apart....

595 days ago

Truth is here    

So Justin wasn't in the car....Justin wasn't smoking weed behind the wheel. Fail. Your "article" just fell apart.Get your facts straight.

595 days ago


About a month ago I saw his boy lil twist buying rolling papers at the chevron station on Parkway Calabasas in Calabasas, I was standing behind him in line and saw the purchase. I saw him get into Justin's silver car and Justin was sitting in the passanger seat. I figured he smoked week then.

595 days ago


Paparazzi are crazy. I live in LA area and they have no problem stopping traffic to get a shot. My friends and I were leaving a restaurant and they were not letting us out of the parking lot because a celebrity was in the car behind us. The cops were finally called.

595 days ago

People Annoy Me    

That poor soul. Died for a photo of Justin Bieber.... Really, he was just doing a job of his (Even though legal stalking isn't really a "Admirable Profession"...)
Doesn't mean you all should laugh at his death. He was just doing what he does to gain his money. Just my own opinion though.

595 days ago


I think id respect Justin a lot more if he really does smoke weed, I love WEED!

595 days ago


Troubling for me, I look at these photos. Very sad.

595 days ago


He's blaming everyone but himself. Why was this pothead speeding in his car?? How about legislation for stupid celebrities?

595 days ago


The statement from Justin's rep should have been amended to say, "...and to remedy the market insensitivities that led the photographer to tragically risk his life for a picture".

595 days ago
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