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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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76.

Pharaoh    

He is obviously a racist I wish this video had started 5 seconds earlier and we could hear the BLACK kids Fathers day joke but we only got to hear the tail end of it even the kids he was with were disgusted
I feel this way about him b/c now that he wants to be a "tough" guy he surrounds himself with black people to fight his fights and make him look intimidating its a joke I am glad TMZ finally mustered up the courage to mention in part the BFOB haha lol

138 days ago
77.

FREEDOM    

ACCORDING TO AFRICAN AMERICANS AMERICA IS RACIST.

138 days ago
78.

FREEDOM    

RACISM IS THE NEW PAYCHECK FOR BLACK PEEPS.

138 days ago
79.

FREEDOM    

BIEBER IN BLACK PEOPLES EYES IS RACIST BECAUSE HE IS WHITE TRASH. "WHITE".

138 days ago
80.

FREEDOM    

IF YOUR WHITE YOUR RACIST.

138 days ago
81.

FREEDOM    

BIEBER IS ENTITLED AT FIFETEEN TO SAY A JOKE.

138 days ago
82.

cochino    

If at the age of 15 he doesn't know what a racial comment is, then he is stupider than I gave him credit for.

138 days ago
83.

FREEDOM    

ANYONE CAN TELL A JOKE. LOOK UP BLACK COMEDIANS THEY SAID MORE RACIST THINGS COMBINED THEN TMZ COULD EVER REPORT.

138 days ago
84.

nerdslogic    

Thank God we made this guy a role model, since America loves him so much I guess we should all raise our kids to act like this guy.

138 days ago
85.

Igor    

Grow a real mustache.

138 days ago
86.

barb    

i'm glad they didnt pay the blackmailer. did they catch him? will he be punished ? he should be. some folks make me feel ill. greedy greedy and stupid

138 days ago
87.

irina    

poor kid he cant trust anybody.

138 days ago
88.

irina    

poor kid cant trust anyone at all. idk how he can even enjoy life but i guess we all go throught crap

138 days ago
89.

J.E.B.    

I would have told Justin Dweeber he could have his hard drive back IF he left the U.S. FOREVER.

138 days ago
90.

Heidi    

IS THIS STORY A JOKE??!! YOU, TMZ, STATED IN A PRIOR POST THAT 'YOU' HAVE HAD THE VIDEO FOR 4 YEARS & THAT YOU DIDN'T USE IT THEN DUE TO HIS AGE OF ONLY 15. HOWEVER, 'YOU' ALSO STATED IN THAT SAME STATEMENT/POST THAT SINCE A BRITISH PAY SITE HAD POSTED IT, YOU THEN FOLLOWED SUIT....... WHO ARE YOU KIDDING WITH THIS STORY, 'YOU' HAD/BOUGHT THE VIDEO SOME YEARS AGO & JUST HOLDING ON TO IT FOR THE RIGHT TIME......... SO DOES THAT MAKE YOU AN ACCESSORY?!

138 days ago
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