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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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I highly doubt Justin was involved in anyway...he was in NYC the night before, performing....I suppose he could have flown back to LA right after the performance....

606 days ago


I'm sure it was one of those pipes that blows bubbles.

606 days ago


This pap was not very good at his job....he mentions that everyone thought Justin was in Mexico. Uh, no. Justin just performed in NYC for New Years. I highly doubt he was anywhere near this car situation...I suppose he could have flown back after his performance..but still.

606 days ago

really! really?    

Most importantly my thoughts are with the photog's loved ones. My question is how is it that this pap could see the driver smoking weed but he couldn't see that the driver was black? Doesn't make sense...

606 days ago


Not to excuse the pap, but for some reason this "Justin wasn't in the car" thing sounds suspiciously similar to Lindsay's "I wasn't driving" thing. The pap died because he wasn't careful. It was not Justin's fault, but Justin is no saint and has endangered the lives of innocent drivers while going at speed of over 100 to avoid being photographed. Guess we'll have to wait till TMZ publishes the pics taken by the pap before he died to know the whole truth.

606 days ago


Who cares if he smokes pot? Why do people make such a big deal about it? Alcohol is way worse than pot.

606 days ago


9/11 was a tradgedy...this is anything but, this person will not be missed he wasted his life chasing around celebrities to make his money. He was worthless and contributed nothing to society. Im glad hes dead whomever he was....

606 days ago


Was the pap insured? Who's gonna pay for the damage to the vehicle that killed him?
I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner or more often.. These guys are a menace and lunge into traffic at the drop of a hat to the "the shot" or not...

606 days ago


If this pap was smart, he could have photoshopped a picture of Justin smoking pot. Then he would still be alive. Heck, TMZ always displays photoshop works of art.

606 days ago


Why should Bieber have to comment on the weed allegation? It's hearsay. I'm not a fan of Bieber, but just because someone said it doesn't make it true.

606 days ago


The photographer was obviously a worthless loser who was too lazy to get a real job so now there's one less of them in the world. He got what he deserved....

606 days ago


I don't mean to sound callous, but I'm glad that if someone had to lose their life due to the actions of the idiotic paparazzi, it was one of their own and not an innocent bystander.

606 days ago


I swear, I have been saying that these pappa, need 2 calm tf down. ALL OF THIS, JUST FOR A STORY...SAD

606 days ago


Justin Bieber released a statement saying (paraphasing) though he was not involved with this incident, his sent his sympathies to this man's family. Pretty classy of him. I hope a picture of him smoking pipe and driving exists, if not that post here is a horrible defamation to this kid. That said I wonder how many kids his age haven't smoked weed.

606 days ago


When will law makers pass a bill making it against the law for the paparazzi to stalk celebrities?

It's sad that this person lost his life and my prayers go out to his family.

This could have been prevented had there been laws in place! What he was doing was stalking Justin Bieber!

TMZ does the same thing, they place camera people at LAX, The Grove and other Hollywood hot spots hunting down celebrities which is nothing short of stalking!

There was a video a while back ago where a paparazzo got into the TMZ employee parking lot and approached Harvey, Harvey didn't like it at all, he kept asking the person how they got in the TMZ parking lot.

There was also a video where a paparazzo got Max coming back to the TMZ office with what looked lunch, Max didn't like it.

If you don't like being hunted down and have the cameras put on you TMZ what makes you think celebrities do!

606 days ago
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