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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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91.

Ted    

Who the hell cares if The Biebs is getting high? It WOULD ENHANCE his career! This Morin got what he deserved

625 days ago
92.

Alexastexas    

Haha that guy got He deserved!!! Shouldn't of been trying to ruin someone else's life! Stalker!!!

625 days ago
93.

Antsixsixsix     

It's funny how everyone is calling the dead man a stalker, but yet they're on TMZ.com

625 days ago
94.

joecrabs    

So what if he was smoking weed? That doesn't mean you need to go running into traffic and head butting moving vehicles.

625 days ago
95.

patricia stanek    

how very sorry for the photographer. i am ashamed of myself for reading about these overpaid "celebrities " honestly what makes them so very special? how about stories of our service men, emt's firemen, the real people that make our world a safer place. again i am so very sorry for the loss of the young man. and ashamed of myself for wasting my time reading about this drivel about over paid...

625 days ago
96.

meccarose    

When Bieber realized the pap was onto him smoking pot and driving he drove back to the hotel and pulled a switch with his buddy twist. Too bad the guy didn't catch on before wasting his time and he got killed for nothing.

625 days ago
97.

Mike    

Smoking marijuana in California is a big story? Is it 1975 again?

625 days ago
98.

PokerStar    

Sounds like these Paps need to smarten up. Even if he was smoking weed, it's NOT worth dying over to get "the scoop." RIP though. #Sad

625 days ago
99.

kitnplayn    

Since Justin wasn't driving, maybe it was Twist that was smoking weed. I hope Justin isn't doing that, because he would be a false Christian if he is.

625 days ago
100.

MaV    

I knew he was smoking pot!

625 days ago
101.

Jacqui    

What in the fuk does alleged pot-smoking by Justin Bieber, have to do with this photog's death?? Stupidest argument ever.

Not that it matters, but the photog was chasing Justin's car, not knowing that J.B. was not in it, but would then want everyone to believe he KNEW that J.B. was smoking pot?? Further, without actually getting part of a blunt thrown away by the Biebs, no one could prove what it was he was smoking. LOTS of people roll their own cigarettes for example.

Again though, really?? Does it matter if J.B. was having sex with the Queen of England? No matter what it was he was alleged to have done, it has absolutely ZERO bearing on this photog's death. He put himself into that situation, period. ...and it was an accident. Accidents happen. Not everything is litigious event. ...just sayin'.

625 days ago
102.

Bubba Bafflor    

Pot smoker? I don't know about that, but one look at this girl trapped in a boy's body and you can bet your last dollar the guy smokes pole. The real story was, "where was he going?" My guess...he was heading down to his favorite glory hole.

625 days ago
103.

Diamond Goddess!    

Well, a Bynes-like pic of the Biebs with weed WOULD be worth a lot of money!!!
And the slow unraveling of the Biebs' public image continues...

625 days ago
104.

Bruno    

Too bad someone had to die from this but thats what u get risking your life running threw freeway traffic over a little hunch about weed. In ****ing california of all places. Grow up ****in paparazzi ***gots

622 days ago
105.

Lizzie    

No one cares about a s***bag paparazzi. They should all meet the same fate.

614 days ago
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