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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.

Tristin    

Lets be clear, it was a RACE joke not a RACIST joke, look up the definition of the two words, he wasn't being racist.

80 days ago
32.

Misspatty33    

That kid is so freaking annoying!

80 days ago
33.

K South West    

Young klans meeting

80 days ago
34.

Marcow    

Isn't TMZ now in possession of stolen prperty

80 days ago
35.

mrbanksofAmerica    

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

80 days ago
36.

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.

80 days ago
37.

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

80 days ago
38.

Peekie    

He was born a racist

80 days ago
39.

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.

80 days ago
40.

bigwill    

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

80 days ago
41.

Miamivic    

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

80 days ago
42.

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?

80 days ago
43.

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.

80 days ago
44.

makaveli    

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

80 days ago
45.

Bob Barker    

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

80 days ago
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