The 20-year-old pop star was caught on video uttering the N-word as the punchline to a joke, according to England’s Sun newspaper. The joke was taped when Biebs was 15 as part of his “Never Say Never” documentary that came out in 2011, the Sun says.
Representatives of Bieber tried to buy the video to keep it from being released.
On Sunday, Bieber issued an apology via TMZ:
“As a young man, 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.”
Ray J Arrested in Beverly Hills
Police arrested singer Ray J at a Beverly Hills hotel after they say he became belligerent with staff, kicked out a patrol car window and spit at an officer.
Beverly Hills police said officers came to the hotel Friday to investigate a report that the 33-year-old singer had inappropriately touched a woman at the bar. Officers found the contact was incidental, and the singer agreed to leave.
But police say Ray J, whose legal name is William Ray Norwood, then refused to leave, became unruly and used his feet to shatter a patrol car window after being taken into custody.
The charges include vandalism, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.
Los Angeles police are searching for a pair of burglars they say broke into Miley Cyrus’ San Fernando Valley home and got away with jewelry and a 2014 Maserati luxury sedan. Police say no one was home at the time of the Friday incident.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and gay-rights activist Melissa Etheridge has gotten married. People magazine says the 53-year-old Etheridge married partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito on Saturday.
South Korean pop star Psy’s surprise hit “Gangnam Style” has become the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views.
The biggest box-office debut of Angelina Jolie’s career propelled Disney’s twisted fairy tale “Maleficent” to a scary-good $70 million opening. Last weekend’s top film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” dropped to second with $32.6 million.
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