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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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46.

Jannie    

I know papz in general are a-holes, but this is extremely sad. Such a young man. Someone's son, brother, father.... Absolutely not worth losing you life over Justin Bieber. Just no.

666 days ago
47.

fanbase    

Marijuana kills paps. We should outlaw it.

666 days ago
48.

scheylla    

people I do not know if Justin was not smoking marijuana, more ta this story badly told. I follow all of justin bieber i love him so much and I think he would not have to do this corage.

666 days ago
49.

cris    

Of course he was smoking marijuana. Just look at the history of child stars..... Miley Cyrus is another great example. they think they are so mature, but they are really children and they are alltotal Clichés.
Even that girl from Full House, hooked on meth or herion. They are turn into loser eventually.

666 days ago
50.

fgdfgd    

lol funny considering he's Canadian i dont doubt he smokes weed. Most of us do derp.

666 days ago
51.

ihateskanks    

Now maybe you ****ing loser paparazzi will go out and get a real job and be productive member of society rather than chasing celebrities around all day just to get a pathetic snapshot of them pumping gas or buying groceries.

666 days ago
52.

kathy    

And one more thing, i fail to understand how this guy said he seen Justin smoking weed in his car, when it's well known that Justin has tinted windows in his Ferrari, I seen pictures, and you can't even see who is in the car!!

666 days ago
53.

kathy    

Even if it's true and Justin was smoking weed, what has this got to do with the issue of this photographer being stupid and gave up his own life for a picture? It seems to me that this "source" is trying to shift blame and divert people's attention to the real issue, which is we need to paparazzi laws and they need to be enforced!

666 days ago
54.

ChunkyLightning    

So one of these stalkers almost killed someone and he was a bit over zealous? France has it right laws have to be made to deal with people like this!

666 days ago
55.

sassy    

Justin is a THUG in the making...getting full of himself , as they say

666 days ago
56.

Jackie    

I bet he was working for ya TMZ....lol....come on dudes. Enough of this.

666 days ago
57.

kitnplayn    

Look at who Justin's mentors were when he was 15...ceelo green, usher, and a whole crew of equally selfish, uneducated and arrogant thugs. Of course he's gonna smoke weed and throw his celebrity weight around.

666 days ago
58.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Then he should have reported it to the cops, instead of being the typical jackal wanting the scoop and saying 'I got the story you didn't!' and end up losing his pathetic life over it. Live by your sword, die by it, whatever that sword may be. No sympathy.

666 days ago
59.

Leave It Alone    

Justin Beiber knows he is followed everywhere, so it wouldn't make sense for him to smoke weed while he's driving. Paps need to calm down, and obviously not run back and forth across a freeway just to get pics of someone.

666 days ago
60.

Tnvolgirl in Phoenix    

Proof that there needs to be stricter laws regarding how the media pursues stars. I hate to say it, but oh well, on less agressive photog on the road. This guy had the audacity to stop and attempt to take pics as a cop is pulling this car over. And was told not once but twice to go back to his car. Is the story and photos REALLY worth it? Endangering the public as well if you really want to split hairs. This guy deserves what happened to him. Dumbass.

666 days ago
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