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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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61.

Troy T    

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

52 days ago
62.

Kanga30    

I dislike this kid. But extortion for something he said 5 years ago is a bit of a joke. He as 15 and surrounded ny people pandering to his every whim. His parents and his handlers created this monster. And I still find pissing in a mop bucket at age 20 more disrespectful . It showed a complete lack of regard for people that have to work hard for a living.

52 days ago
63.

rob    

Will be wishing he didn't get all those tats once his "friends" turn thier backs on him.

52 days ago
64.

kez    

and now more clip of him wanting to join KKK

52 days ago
65.

Zxcvbnm    

I don't have a problem with what he or sterling said and I hope people giving bieber support also supports sterling.

52 days ago
66.

Patti    

Give me a break....you show me any white person or black person who hasn't told racist jokes especially when they are kids....I am glad his rep didn't pay this guy...everyone acts like they are angels and never spewed hatred out of their mouths or said something inappropriate. Hell I just got into an altercation with a punk kid last week and the first words out of his mouth was "White B i tch" so please TMZ stop stirring the racial pot.

And no I am not saying its right that racist comments/jokes are made but THE FACT IS THEY ARE MADE

52 days ago
67.

Mitch Sorenstein    

He's not racist but he's still king douchebag

52 days ago
68.

zombie    

THIS JUST IN: Anne Frank is no longer a Bieliber!

52 days ago
69.

rob    

He's out of the USA, lock the doors!

52 days ago
70.

NoDickbutting    

Let do like dave chapelle and have a racial draft...the coloreds can have Bieber we don't want him then he can say the n word as freely as he wants

52 days ago
71.

Pbj    

This really shouldn't be a news story. This was blackmail pure and simple. People say ignorant things sometimes and every human alive has done something or said something they wish they could take back. The difference is there's not a camera to catch it and someone waiting to get a paycheck from it. Even though I find him highly annoying, whoever released this was wrong.

52 days ago
72.

cogboy    

smear campaign, extortion or not... bieber still said the things he said. 15 -year-olds are not that naive - especially multi-millionaire performers. he would not have been saying those horrible things if he was not aware of how offensive they were. he was not just stating an atrocity, he was busting himself up laughing at something he thought was hilarious. he was "mature" enough to laugh so lets stop trying to hang a halo on this d-bag.

his handlers set the tone here by constantly attacking photographers and not controlling their client. if you crave attention to the point of never going anywhere fully clothed, eventually people will place a value on every stupid thing you do. if you live on instagram and twitter, then run around being an a-hole all the time, something like this is bound to happen. in retrospect $1 million is peanuts compared to the damage this has done. i would suspect deals were made with tmz to initially sit this one out then spin it with an extortion story - which makes everyone involved seem kind of slimy, no?

i am not about to shed a tear for a racist. i have not seen him do anything in the last 5 years to make me think he has gotten any better ( this puts that whole anne frank house debacle in a new light.) keep in mind we are not just talking about a kid dropping n-bombs - we are talking gleefully giggling at the thought of cutting up african-americans with a chainsaw. oh, and joking ( i hope) about joining the kkk. these are not things kids utter without knowing full well what they mean.

so he stood up to extortionists, great. now he's free and clear to face his own horrible behavior.

52 days ago
73.

Roundisnotsquare    

This is the worst thing that guy found on Bieber's hard drive? I thought for sure it would be Selena Gomez ****ing him in the ass with a strap-on!

52 days ago
74.

TMChez    

I've heard this joke a million times growing up..... Yes and the joke about a pollack and a Jew and a Mexican. Get real he was 15 telling a joke. Raciest is a word being thrown around to loosely. Shame on TMZ for trying to make this a Story. TMZ is Garbage:-/

52 days ago
75.

Jennifer    

This is stupid. I'm not a Beiber fan, but he's obviously not racist. All he does is hang around black people.

52 days ago
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