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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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76.

DeeMaree    

Also I can't believe Colorado beat Calif in legalizing pot. No way man.

577 days ago
77.

Truth    

"The rep did not directly respond to the marijuana allegation."

TMZ, as classy as usual.

577 days ago
78.

Hopalong1948    

I don't have an opinion on Bieber...I'm in my late 50s & don't follow what passes to me today's 'music'......but I feel bad for the driver that ran over the 'vulture'. Now he or she has to live with the trauma of the accident.......even though it wasn't their fault.

577 days ago
79.

shelby    

So the papporzaii died and not justin bieber right? And why make a big story about it.

577 days ago
80.

BellaJ    

TMZ you will print anything to get a story together. If I were JB I would be so pissed at you right now. He has already issued a statement saying he wasn't involved and sends his condolences to the family yet you still want to smear JB's name. Why???

577 days ago
81.

Lauren    

I guess the photographer learned his lesson, the hard way. R I P.

577 days ago
82.

franchris1121    

Pls just pray for my man instead saying negative things on him his very nice and respectful man.

577 days ago
83.

brainscan    

Driving around in Biebers Ferrari puffing on buds sounds like a good time...

577 days ago
84.

PDXoxoxo    

Jeeze, that pic of Bieber is soooo terrible. We can really see what he will look like when he's in his 30's, rough trip!

577 days ago
85.

leah    

Who cares about jb his singing sucks, he has absolutly no talent. Hes outgrown the disney channel so goooooooooo away please! As for the man who DIED dont you know he was doing his job, hes dead, get it? people who die deserve all your rude a** comments?

577 days ago
86.

Suzi    

It's sad that someone had to die... this Paparazzi thing has been way out of hand for way too long. The solution would be for people not to give two ****s for a photo, and stop paying for them in magazines... put them out of business and then there wouldn't be anymore senseless deaths. R.I.P.

577 days ago
87.

Peter    

Dude got what he deserved!

577 days ago
88.

WOW    

SO HE WAS TRYING TO BREAK A STORY THAT WILL PROBABLY JEOPARDIZES OR EVEN DESTROY BIEBER'S CARRIER , WHO IS DESTROYED NOW . THAT IS HOW YOU END UP TRYING TO RUIN SOMEBODY ELSE LIFE

577 days ago
89.

RLDAVIS70    

Chris Guerra slandered Bieber as his last act on Earth before eating payment ! These creeps should be arrested

577 days ago
90.

polly    

maybe it would matter if Justin was the one driving and killed the pohotog

577 days ago
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