As if Justin Bieber wasn’t in enough hot water, a video filmed when he was 15 years old has now come back to haunt him. TMZ released the video on June 1, 2014, but reports it was in possession of the footage four years ago. The site reports it did not post the video because Bieber was a minor and admitted how stupid the joke was right after he told it. The publication notes that after a UK newspaper posted the video on its pay site, TMZ decided to publish the footage as well.
Sources tell TMZ that Bieber is “frustrated and sad” over the 2011 video, and would now like to address the matter publicly. TMZ indicates he will reportedly do so “in the next day.” According to AM New York, Bieber’s people have tried to buy the video, shot during the making of his “Never Say Never” documentary, so the UK publication would not release it.
TMZ reports the footage was filmed backstage during a promotional event. As Bieber tells the joke, someone off camera can be heard saying, “Don’t even say it…” but Bieber continues with, “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” and then offers the punch line of, “Run n*****, n*****, n*****.”
Because filming was taking place for Bieber’s documentary, it appears he clearly knew his actions were being documented, as at one point in the video, he looks directly at the camera. He nevertheless continued with telling the offensive joke.
A source has told Hollywood Life that Bieber will post a taped apology on social media and make the rounds on various morning and late night shows as atonement. The website reports that one of the singer’s body guards, Kenny Hamilton, came to Bieber’s defense after the video hit the Internet by tweeting, “As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist. I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart.”