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Usher

Pleads the 5th

On Bieber's Racist Joke

6/3/2014 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Usher Justin Bieber Racist JokeUsher had the opportunity to join the growing list of BFOJBs who have leaped to Justin Bieber's defense ... but instead he bolted.

Our photog spotted Ush yesterday in L.A. ... and of course asked about the video of 15-year-old Justin using the n-word as the punchline to a horribly unfunny joke.

You'd think, Usher -- being Bieber's longtime mentor and African-American -- would have something to say on the topic, but watch ... who knew he did a Houdini impression?

As we've reported, Floyd MayweatherSoulja Boy and others have already spoken up for Justin -- which makes Usher's reaction very interesting.

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31.

legalmind    

If you had aired the racist video 4 years ago...his wake up call may have come already and he would have a better appreciation for what he has . He still needs a wake up call and sadly it's coming....Just ask Chris!

144 days ago
32.

BeiberVegasHoHo    

Even Eminem said the effin word! No story herrre

144 days ago
33.

supergirl88    

Maybe Usher didn't comment because J B said usher was not "instrumental" to his career at the depositions. He also paused when asked if usher was a close friend.

144 days ago
34.

static    

The hypocrisy surrounding this whole story is just too rich from TMZ sitting on the video to the reaction from people supporting that little turd.

144 days ago
35.

Miamivic    

What Amazes Me Is How Little Time It Took Bieber To Respond When This Came Out. It's Almost As If He Was Refreshing The Wiretap For "His" Daily Media Update.

144 days ago
36.

Miamivic    

Either that, or someone in the Press is feeding info to Bieber's people. It's just too much of a coincidence that he was right on top of the story as was Merryweather.

144 days ago
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Rectum? Damn Nearly Killed Him!!    

The way he was running, maybe he thought your photog had a chainsaw???

144 days ago
38.

usuck    

Usher's African American???

144 days ago
39.

Miamivic    

Lil Wayne is who I'm waiting to hear from. They're close friends and were together at the Merryweather fight.

144 days ago
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Miamivic    

As for those asking why TMZ is seeking out black celebrities for comment, it's because they want them on record supporting him cause they were associating with him. Rick Ross is next...

144 days ago
41.

Courtney    

Usher has got to be disappointed. It was around the time that Justin made this joke that Usher was mentoring him. I like Justin Bieber and I have been excusing his behavior, saying that he is just immature, but there is something hypocritical about making racist jokes and then turn around and accept help from Usher. Of all the teenagers who are trying to get a break in the entertainment business, Usher chose to help him.

144 days ago
42.

Miamivic    

What does a Chainsaw sound like when it's sitting idled and not revved up? Sounds like a lazy put put noise. That's where he saw the joke.

144 days ago
43.

christopher deon    

Maybe usher didn't feel like talking ...dang ...then who cares if folks are racist ...If it's my artist I'm going to paid from his lil racist self .....

144 days ago
44.

Jordan    

Usher be like "Bieber's going to give himself an heroin overdose in two years. I'm a real musician, and I have a real career to work on"

144 days ago
45.

Jordan    

I just saved $500 by switching my insurance to Geico

144 days ago
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