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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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lander    

lol you people care about this.

623 days ago
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Swag94    

This is rediculous

623 days ago
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Nvts    

LMFAO. This is where celebrities can take revenge—show up to this guys funerals with cameras and photograph the arrival, the family, the parking lot, etc., etc., etc.,

623 days ago
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ria    

Selena is Justin's beard. She might even be a lesbian. So they are using each other in that department. Lil twist is Justin's real lover behind close doors.

623 days ago
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the truth    

He wants to get caught...he thinks getting caught with weed will improve his numbers in a male audience...sorry won't help...you will only be a TEEN STAR ONLY...

623 days ago
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malia    

I'm starting to feel LESS and LESS sorry for the pap. What an idiot. Spend your whole day chasing a teen age boy.

623 days ago
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Rocco    

Too bad, dude. Your 'gotcha' gotcha. Will other paparazi learn anything from this episode in stupidity? Probably not.

623 days ago
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lord flashheart    

A parasite got smashed , who cares?

623 days ago
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spritebubblegum1994    

I hope justin was smoking weed! It will show that he is normal! I mean even the damn president smoked weed!

623 days ago
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TheMarshmallowMan    

Justin is slowly fading into irrelevancy like Kim Kardashian, if it weren't for TMZ sho ing these stories in our face 24/7 no one would give a ****

623 days ago
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Wow ...    

Good grief, with the lenses these photogs have, there was no reason to risk his life or the safety of others to get a close up. He could have easily zoomed in, safely on the other side of the street. Unreal. You wanted an enormous scoop, guess you got it as the story. Shame.

623 days ago
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munkey    

He is a big stoner. My brother works for an airline company and has had to deal with this kid. He lit up in front of my brother and told him not to say anything because of his fans and confidentiality and he could get him fired. It's hilarious that it came out anyways! Such a douchebag!

623 days ago
13.

BSname    

The Photographer probably saw Lil Twist smoking weed and thought it was Justin

623 days ago
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Amy    

He spent his whole last day chasing what he mistakenly thought was Justin Bieber! I wonder if it was worth it?

623 days ago
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jen    

Here come the justifications for stalking. SMH

623 days ago
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