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VIDEO: Justin Bieber 'very sorry' for N-Word joke

Singer issues statement after footage surfaces showing him using offensive term
Posted: 03/06/2014 09:30 AM
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POP SINGER Justin Bieber has issued a statement apologising for using the N-word while telling a racist joke in a video.

The recording of a smiling Bieber making the comments while sat with friends was published on the Sun on Sunday website yesterday (June 1).

According to reports, the video was originally filmed as part of his Never Say Never documentary in 2011, when the star was 15.

In the ‘joke’, the singer asks: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” He then makes the noise of a chainsaw and ends the joke with “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.”

A friend is heard in the background pleading with the singer, saying over again, "don't say it," but Bieber ignores his friend's plea and continues with the offensive joke.

The 20-year-old has now released a statement saying: "I apologise for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake.

"I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but 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 those I have offended.

"I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologise 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."

The statement concluded with: "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."

This video comes just days after One Direction star, Louis Tomlinson, was slammed for using the N-word in a video recording of him allegedly smoking weed.