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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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31.

Marcow    

Isn't TMZ now in possession of stolen prperty

144 days ago
32.

mrbanksofAmerica    

Yet another pointless Justin beiber update... this is so pathetic..

144 days ago
33.

zombie    

This story is pretty stale. Let's move on, shall we. The lawyer should be facing extortion charges since what he did was illegal.

144 days ago
34.

Lala    

You know... I just DONT GET how BEEBS gets "a pass" for this... I DONT CARE IF HE WAS 15 YO... and the FACT that the "HIP HOP/RAP ROYALTY"/PUBLIC are giving him a pass... 5 YEARS AGO it was COMMON KNOWLEDGE that the "N" word was NOT ACCEPTABLE... and wasn't tolerated NEARLY AS EASILY as it is TODAY...

Until the 'BLACK COMMUNITY" as a WHOLE comes together and STOPS USING THE WORD THEMSELVES... it will be an aceptable "PRONOUN" in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE

144 days ago
35.

Peekie    

He was born a racist

144 days ago
36.

Observer999    

Why are lawyers seemingly exempt from extortion charges? If someone who didn't have a law degree did this, they'd be in jail. This lawyer and his client should be charged with that, theft, etc., etc.

144 days ago
37.

bigwill    

I'm black and I give jb a pass I don't think he's racist.

144 days ago
38.

Miamivic    

Well Guess What? There's Another One Out With Him Singing It..

144 days ago
39.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

With all the shlt that little fcuker has done as an adult why did anyone think he'd care about something he did as a 15 year old?

144 days ago
40.

Samanthaann    

It's hilarious that everyone is gonna jump on this bandwagon of how horrible and offensive a video from 5 years is. It's probably because everyone whose hating on him is perfect and never ever did or said anything stupid that they regret. Damn, it must be nice to have a perfectly clean past.

144 days ago
41.

makaveli    

Paula Deen was 20 years ago but it's Justin bieber so he can't get in trouble

144 days ago
42.

Bob Barker    

He should be blacklisted like Paula Deen. What's fair is fair.

144 days ago
43.

lisa    

TMZ WHY THE HELL ARE YOU REPORTING THIS RUBBISH AND NOT REPORTING ON WHAT THE NY DAILY NEWS HAS... THAT THERE IS ANOTHER VIDEO OF HIM SINGING ABOUT ONE LESS LONELY N---- AND WANTING TO JOIN THE KKK.... GET IT TOGETHER TMZ!!!

144 days ago
44.

Seldombinlaid    

Doesn't this kid live with a good many black folks . So had he came off with a racial thing, I'd call it nil and void? Even though I don't like this little prick, don't lay old news on him...I know in a court room, he's disrespective with every one. That's why he gets into so much trouble, and doesn't care. If it were nt for him, and the Whore family, TMZ would go down the drain.

144 days ago
45.

Everyone just needs to relax...    

Nice haircut.

144 days ago
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