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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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91.

Van    

Hey Dweiber: Get a cat to lick that ridiculous "moustache" off your upper lip.

138 days ago
92.

ufos8mycow    

But TMZ already said they had the video for 4 years and didn't release it to protect the little racist twit....which is it Harv? You lying pieces of crap!

138 days ago
93.

Ariana    

Lmao that liteally happened 5 years ago and he even apologized for something that happened so many years ago. Stop trying to make people look bad in front of the whole world when even you know Justin's an amazing person.

138 days ago
94.

Luz    

What does it matter if he was 15 at the time? Enough age to have a solid opinion about these things. I bet he still thinks the same way. After all, all the black guys he had around were paid at take the hits for him.

138 days ago
95.

Jeanine    

Couldn't happen to a more deserving little SOB. He is out of control and should be barred from entering the US.

138 days ago
96.

TJ    

How much longer must our eyes be assaulted by news of this little dip****?

138 days ago
97.

dona lea    

THIS IS THE WAR AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE.

DON'T BUY INTO IT.

WHITE GENOCIDE IS REAL. HE IS NOT RACIST.

138 days ago
98.

David     

He's a kid with alot of cash-and hasn't grown much--time is on his side

138 days ago
99.

Ltpar    

Good thing the little **** doesn't own a basketball team or he would have to sell it. Where is the outrage from the "race baiters" who lurk in the wings just waiting for such an event to occur? Oops sorry I forgot, Bieber is one of the elite Hollywood insiders and the normal rules don't apply to him.

138 days ago
100.

Astraljump    

He was 15. Why is this news???

138 days ago
101.

bkblueknight    

theres another video more recent post it

138 days ago
102.

Stu    

Send that ignorent little TWIT back where he came from Sad and patheitc little piece of crap.

138 days ago
103.

Patty    

The stupid media are like whores. They won't get off Justin Bieber... They pile on because they are losers trying to make a buck off Justin's name. He is a good kid... Most people are not perfect by the time they reach age 19 and have made some mistakes. But Justin is a good kid with a big heart and has tremendous talent as a performer. It just that these losers keep coming out of the woodwork like the scavengers they are. Probably ugly too. lol Hang in there, Biebs. <3

138 days ago
104.

marvin nubwaxer    

i can't stand the little twit but extortion is a crime and this one needs prosecution to the fullest. just get over your self righteous selves about what people have said in the past and in private.

138 days ago
105.

oruiz    

same thing happened to Paula Dean and that was for something she said like 30 years ago!!! so yeah let him pay the price.

138 days ago
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