A second video of Justin Bieber making racist jokes has surfaced.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun was first to report on the new footage, which features the singer using the N-word in “One Less Lonely Girl” (altering the hook to be “One Less Lonely N—–“), joking about killing black people and entertaining the idea of joining the Ku Klux Klan. Bieber seated and wearing a dog tag and a dark blue shirt, and he sings unaccompanied, repeatedly weaving the racial slur into the lyrics of his 2009 hit
The undated video (reportedly shot when he was 14 or 15) was not included in the online report, but by Wednesday afternoon it was published by TMZ, which claims Bieber wanted the footage to be released “because he wants to own what he did.” Watch:
The footage emerges just as Bieber issued an apology on Sunday for a five-year-old clip — originally recorded when the singer was 15 but recently surfaced by The Sun — that shows the pop star telling a joke with a racist punch line. The earlier video has since been posted on TMZ. In that clip, Bieber is heard asking, “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” He then answers his own query with a reference to the N-word.
“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,” he apologized. “Once again … I’m sorry.”
That first video could’ve been kept away from the public, TMZ reports. Two months ago, Bieber’s team was reportedly contacted by the lawyer of the footage’s owner, who was working on one of the singer’s video projects and saw the video on his personal hard drive. The lawyer allegedly attempted to persuade Bieber’s team to pay as much as $1 million to stop him from selling the footage to the media.
The videos follow Bieber’s attempted robbery investigation in May, detainment at the Los Angeles International Airport in April, DUI arrest in March and alleged egging incident in January. His Miami trial for driving under the influence and other charges will begin on July 7, after his lawyers asked for it to be delayed to examine evidence and discuss whether to accept a possible plea deal.
- This article was first published on THR.com. It was updated at 2:30 PM EDT to include new information and the video in question.