Justin Bieber 'Very Sorry' For N-Word Video
Justin Bieber has issued an apology after a video was leaked showing him making a racist joke where he uses the n-word.
The Canadian star, whose hits include Baby, is believed to be 17 in the video, which appears to have been filmed as part of his 2011 documentary Never Say Never.
Bieber is seen laughing as he tells the joke about black people and chainsaws. As he is about to say the punch line someone off camera can be heard saying: "Don't even say it. Don't say it."
But the singer, now 20, goes on to use the n-word five times while laughing.
In a statement Bieber said he wanted to apologise again for an incident that took place when he was a teenager.
"I'm very sorry," he said. "I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologise for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behaviour.
"I thought it was okay to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn't realise 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 apologised for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologise again to all of those who I have offended."
The Sun on Sunday newspaper, which obtained the video, claims Bieber's team "were so shocked they tried to buy up the bombshell video".
Those around him have had their work cut out this year with the star being involved in a number of controversial incidents.
In January, his California home was raided by police after he was accused of egging a neighbour's house, causing thousands of pounds' worth of damage.
Later that month, he was arrested for driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami Beach. He is due to stand trial in July.
Last month, he was accused of attempting to snatch a woman's phone off her while he was playing mini golf with friends. He told his fans not to "believe rumours" after the allegation.
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