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Justin Bieber

Shakedown

Over Racist Video

6/4/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber Racist
Justin Bieber
was the victim of a million dollar shakedown by a guy who had the video of the singer telling a racist joke ... sources connected with JB tell TMZ.

Our sources say ... approximately 2 months ago Bieber's reps were contacted by a lawyer representing a guy who worked on one of Bieber's video projects.  We're told the guy was in possession of Bieber's personal hard drive, saw the video and swiped it.

We're told the lawyer told Bieber's reps his client would sell the video to the media unless Bieber anted up $1 million.  Bieber's reps scoffed, and the lawyer immediately dropped the price to $800K.

Sources say the lawyer kept calling back and finally -- a week ago -- said $500K would keep the tape secret.  The lawyer was told he "wasn't even in the ballpark" and was sent packing.  The video was released a week later.

We're told Bieber's people wouldn't make the deal because they didn't think the tape was that harmful ... especially because Bieber was 15 years old when he told the racist joke.

Justin Bieber Racist Joke

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16.

meanpeoplesuck88    

He hangs out with more African Americans than whites! don't know anything about Justin. But I do know that all kids do STUPID SH*T! He is obviously not racist-he hangs out with more non-whites than whites. He loves "black music", has ""black friends", and has dates Selena GOMEZ (and other "non-whites). The joke was dead wrong-but 99% of 15 year olds tell stupid jokes that should NOT be said...Point is 15 yr old children all mess up at times-But the rest of them don't have cameras on them 24/7! What would happen if someone sold a tape of you and your WORDS at 15 yrs old??? What about YOUR actual actions at 15? Are you PROUD of EVERY SINGLE THING you said at age 15? You would be humiliated! Ironic that TMZ posts this video acting like Justin is racist, when for the past YEARS tmz has been showing video EVIDENCE of Justin hanging out & DATING people of color! I don't even know his music, but just simply reading the tmz site shows me something is wrong here!!! Leave him alone, you've humiliated him enough. Everyone makes mistakes-but he is NOT racist. He lives in ATL and so do I, trust me, he hangs out with more African Americans than whites!

55 days ago
17.

Tim    

Justin Beiber is not white..so how is this an issue?

55 days ago
18.

Jeff    

So you just can't let the Beiber video go, but you let Hill off the hook for calling someone a f@ggot a few days ago.

What gives TMZ?

55 days ago
19.

Sic    

I guess blackmail is legal now.

55 days ago
20.

two cents    

Well, seems we negotiate with terrorists to get back a traitor, so why wouldn't we pay random to get back a tape. What a world! Is this the change obama was talking about?

55 days ago
21.

IfYouSaySo    

So what did you Pay for it Harvey ?

55 days ago
22.

Marcow    

And TMZ is the s***

55 days ago
23.

AllieFrid    

He was a 15 year old kid. Give it up TMZ, this isn't a story.

55 days ago
24.

Umanyways    

The Bieber camp get black mailed every day no pun intended. It was one of many that's why they didn't pay a million to the culprit or else they would have paid a million to every threat. But that harmful? Are his PR team idiots? Whether he's 15, 25, 5 years old it doesn't matter! It's just wrong to say in this time of age. No matter what race it is, you gotta pony up and pay up because this black mail wasn't unharmful lol his camp couldn't have been that desperate to want this out for publicity ... He would get stabbed at roscoes in LA or @ a wing stop in Atlanta!

55 days ago
25.

DTD    

Not to be an a$$hole, but that was kinda funny.

55 days ago
26.

xxx    

Maybe we'll get lucky and this will have pissed off the wrong person and he'll get shot or at least a beat down.

55 days ago
27.

Dale    

Wouldn't that be considered theft? I would have setup a fake meeting with the guy, then have the cop arrest him for it.

55 days ago
28.

zachandezzie_mom    

Everybody so sensitive theses days he was just a kid wtf its not that serious

55 days ago
29.

Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Clearly biebs pay tmzero and did and appearance on tmzero life in order to not release the tape

55 days ago
30.

DAZILLA    

Bottom line no racial jokes you say something racial you are racist

55 days ago
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