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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.

FREEDOM    

YOU NEED TO DEPORT YOURSELF BACK TO WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM....

51 days ago
77.

camillek    

But there's a new tape much more updated of him again using that word......... poor kid wants to be African American so badly I hope my son's understand their being white is much better , and this trend ends with this silly boy.

51 days ago
78.

be real    

A RACIST IS A RACIST PERIOD...

HIS FRIENDS WARNED HIM NOT TO SAY ANYTHING---- IN TRUE RAC=IST FASHION JUST TO SEEM COOL --- HE TOLD THE JOKE.. JUST LIKE NOW HE HANGS WITH BLACKS RAPPERS TO SEEM COOL.......

SAD THE BLACK CELEBS HAVE NOT ONE OUNCE BLACK PRIDE.. THEY HAVE MONEY BUT WHO CARES TO RESPECT THEM SINCE THEY DO NOT RESPECT THEMSELVES......

51 days ago
79.

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

51 days ago
80.

FREEDOM    

ACCORDING TO AFRICAN AMERICANS AMERICA IS RACIST.

51 days ago
81.

FREEDOM    

RACISM IS THE NEW PAYCHECK FOR BLACK PEEPS.

51 days ago
82.

FREEDOM    

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

51 days ago
83.

FREEDOM    

IF YOUR WHITE YOUR RACIST.

51 days ago
84.

FREEDOM    

BIEBER IS ENTITLED AT FIFETEEN TO SAY A JOKE.

51 days ago
85.

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.

51 days ago
86.

FREEDOM    

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

51 days ago
87.

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.

51 days ago
88.

Igor    

Grow a real mustache.

51 days ago
89.

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

51 days ago
90.

irina    

poor kid he cant trust anybody.

51 days ago
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