Justin Bieber Apologizes for N-Word Video: ‘I Just Need to Step Up and Own What I Did’
Some 24 hours after TMZ unleashed a video of a 14-year-old Biebs singing a terribly altered version of “One Less Lonely Girl” with the N-word and mentions of the Ku Klux Klan, the Canadian entertainer has issued the following statement:
“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with. But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did.”
The statement was released to Us Weekly on Thursday.
His manager Scooter Braun also took to Instagram to say a few words on the matter.
In related news, Defamer is reporting that TMZ has been blackmailing the pop star with the N-word video for years in exchange for story cooperation and media appearances.
“TMZ has been sitting on this video for 3+ years and have been using it as essentially ransom so that Bieber and his team would cooperate with them and give them scoops. It was very close to being released initially, but his team was able to convince them not to by giving them access and compliance,” a source revealed to Defamer.
As in more video footage.
According to Page Six sources, as many as 15 to 20 minutes of more footage of Bieber making racial slurs have yet to see the light of day.
The source says that the extra minutes “explicitly shows this was more than just one regrettable joke,” adding that the “Boyfriend” hit maker goes on to make jokes about “black people liking watermelon” and a friend’s parents being “as black as Akon.”
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