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Justin Bieber

Black Ex-Bodyguard Says

He's Not a Racist

6/1/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber RacistJustin Bieber's ex-bodyguard says the 5-year old video of J.B. telling a joke using the n-word multiple times does NOT make the singer a racist ... just a bad joke-teller.

Kenny Hamilton -- Beiber's bodyguard during his rise to fame -- took to Twitter to defend his former employer ... saying, "We all make jokes about people's size, look, or race. That doesn't mean it's right but comedians make millions of dollars profiting off these jokes."

The ex-bodyguard adds, "If someone is racist or prejudice you would know from a persons actions. Not because of a joke a 15 year old says. Yes he said some bad jokes and I know if he could he would take back what was said."

As we previously reported ... sources connected with Bieber say the singer is "frustrated and sad" about the video being released and will address it publicly.

"As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist." says Kenny. Adding, "I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart."

For what it's worth, we're told the tweet wasn't done at the behest of Scooter or Justin.

Kenny recently took an executive position at Beats Music -- but is still in regular touch with Biebs.

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Doodlebug    

Justin you don't have to address the public no one cares ... You are old news ..

58 days ago
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Farrakhan Ashy Larry    

He told one racist joke, no problem. It's the people who make it a habit, that's who you have to look into.

58 days ago
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Kenneth D. Frazier    

Ok Folks , I am not a Bieber fan ; BUT let's take a look here . This was a 15 Year old KID ... Teenagers and many young people tell jokes that are not politically correct to impress their friends / peers etc ..
NO; I don't think this makes the Bieb a racist at all ..he was a kid , being a kid ......

58 days ago
19.

D-INCARNATION    

That joke is as old as time I think I heard Yahweh tell it once or twice...

58 days ago
20.

xbjllb    

Beiber's not racist... he pays his slaves too well.

Just like Sterling.

58 days ago
21.

Grandma Cracker    

Oh just stop. This was before he discovered that he wanted to be a black guy.

58 days ago
22.

Bobo Frog    

This is a non-story. He's not racist, and I don't even like him.

58 days ago
23.

HereToTellit    

I can't stand this kid to tell you the truth, but this is reaching. I'm sure everyone has told an off colored joke in their lifetime. Especially the person who even posted the story.

58 days ago
24.

Tori S.    

"Ex-Black Bodyguard..."

I wouldn't trust the word of someone who somehow managed to stop being the race they were born as. However, if it was his black ex-bodyguard...

58 days ago
25.

Phoenicks    

And I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that Justin Bieber uses the "N" word on a daily basis more than an entire Katt Williams comedy set.

58 days ago
26.

Litterial    

So Bieber's bodyguard used to be black but isn't any longer? Since the bodyguard is still African-American in the above photo, can TMZ post a picture of the newly non-black bodyguard?

58 days ago
27.

Brian    

I don't believe what these bodyguards say. He hires the mentally handicapped to begin with. That way he tells them to do something and they do it. They can't be trusted to know what's going on.

58 days ago
28.

Jim    

Mr. Hamilton: Your check is ready to be picked up.

58 days ago
29.

Leave-Britney-Alone    

Why is this coming out right now? I mean I know he was underage then, but why not when he was 18? Seems like you are just looking to stir pots, TMZ.

58 days ago
30.

Jeffrey    

So you guys are saying Kenny is no longer black? "Ex-black bodyguard"

58 days ago
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