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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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46.

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.

106 days ago
47.

Everyone just needs to relax...    

Nice haircut.

106 days ago
48.

tchang    

Interesting for tmz to report, considering they purchased the tape years ago and only agreed to withhold it if Bieber would make a "surprise" visit during TMZ Live...

106 days ago
49.

BobbyC    

He could kill puppies and 90% of his fans would still support him.

106 days ago
50.

kitnplayn    

Biebie, you should have paid for your mistake with cash. Now you are forever branded as a racist. It's too bad your mother wasn't able to teach you about character. Apparently, she was more concerned about fame and wealth. Tsk...babies having biebers.

106 days ago
51.

gegeok    

Lol....bet lil dude wishes he paid up...

106 days ago
52.

Kristinajp    

Is that not a crime? And the lawyer accessory to the crime?

106 days ago
53.

Miamivic    

Now that the singing video was reported this morning, can we get comment from Merryweather?

106 days ago
54.

Miamivic    

It's no surprise that he fled to Mexico for vacation.

106 days ago
55.

Sherms    

Hate this kid beyond words, but he was 15 years old, and more than likely repeating what he heard from an adult. If people went back and judged what I did when I was 15, I'd put this one to shame. It's time to let this one go. He'll mess up again before too long, and we can jump back on at that time.

106 days ago
56.

bkblueknight    

how does the bar allow lawyers to participate in what is basically extortion?

106 days ago
57.

zombie    

Can't wait to see how everyone will spin his latest racial comments about the KKK, and his version of one of his songs with racist twists. Poor twink may not recover from this next go round.

106 days ago
58.

Nettie    

Let it gooooo tmz lmao

106 days ago
59.

paul a.    

As jokes go, it wasnt bad. I will never cut wood with my chain saw quite the same way again....

Lighten up people.

106 days ago
60.

Troy T    

Screw that little punk a#s kid !!!!!!

106 days ago
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