Justin Bieber Apologizes For Racist Joke, Using N Word: Read His Statement

Celebrity News Jun. 1, 2014 AT 1:30PM
UPDATED Jun. 1, 2014 AT 6:25PM
Justin Bieber Justin Bieber is in hot water after an old video has been released of him making a racist joke. Credit: Tony Barson/FilmMagic

UPDATE: Justin Bieber issued a formal apology following the video's release. He tells Us Weekly: "As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.

"Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake."

"I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what's right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and i'm grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again....I'm sorry."

Original Story:

Uh oh! Justin Bieber is once again making headlines and this time he may have gone too far. The Sun has released an old video of the now 20-year-old which was taken when the singer was 14, telling an offensive, racist joke on camera. 

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"Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" the Biebs begins, before delivering the expletive-filled punchline, "Run n-----, n-----, n-----, n-----, n-----." 

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The Sun also reported that the "Boyfriend" singer's team tried to buy up the video to keep it out of the public. 

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This latest incident is just another in the string of offenses from the Canadian pop sensation. After getting arrested for a DUI in January, Bieber has had run-ins with his neighbors over egg-throwing claims and is being investigated for attempted robbery.

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