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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.

irina    

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

79 days ago
92.

J.E.B.    

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

79 days ago
93.

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?!

79 days ago
94.

Van    

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

79 days ago
95.

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!

79 days ago
96.

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.

79 days ago
97.

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.

79 days ago
98.

Jeanine    

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

79 days ago
99.

TJ    

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

79 days ago
100.

dona lea    

THIS IS THE WAR AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE.

DON'T BUY INTO IT.

WHITE GENOCIDE IS REAL. HE IS NOT RACIST.

79 days ago
101.

David     

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

79 days ago
102.

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.

79 days ago
103.

Astraljump    

He was 15. Why is this news???

79 days ago
104.

bkblueknight    

theres another video more recent post it

79 days ago
105.

Stu    

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

79 days ago
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